School districts across Hudson Valley to hold budget votes Tuesday

In the state's newly approved budget, New York lawmakers upped foundation aid by $2.6 billion to bring the total to $34.5 billion to fund education.

News 12 Staff

May 15, 2023, 9:29 PM

Updated 334 days ago

Share:

In the state's newly approved budget, New York lawmakers upped foundation aid by $2.6 billion to bring the total to $34.5 billion to fund education.
"It's the largest investment in schools in our state history,” said Gov. Kathy Hochul earlier this month.
Even with the historic increase, many school district leaders say a tax levy increase is still needed.
School districts in Westchester and Putnam counties are seeking tax levy increases that average at 2.18%. The Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District is the only district looking to exceed the tax levy cap and will need a 60% super majority vote Tuesday to approve a 10.85% tax levy increase.
The district is attributing the increase to health care costs, high inflation and increases in mental health and special education costs.
Additional state aid is helping out districts like Peekskill which has presented a budget with a 2 percent increase.
"If we don’t invest in our children, we are going to pay for it one way or another and i think the very best we can do is provide equitable education to our students,” said Peekskill City School District Superintendent Dr. David Mauricio.
Five school districts in Westchester and Putnam counties, including Brewster, Eastchester, Mount Vernon, Ossining and Pocantico Hills have proposed freezing their tax levy next year. Two others, including Hendrick Hudson and Briarcliff Manor, are proposing tax increases below 1%.
Polls open at various times based on where you live but the majority of them close at 8 p.m. Tuesday night.


More from News 12
2:11
Lustgarten Foundation walk in Westchester raises funds for pancreatic cancer research

Lustgarten Foundation walk in Westchester raises funds for pancreatic cancer research

2:42
STORM WATCH: Cloudy skies and a scattered thunderstorm tonight in the Hudson Valley

STORM WATCH: Cloudy skies and a scattered thunderstorm tonight in the Hudson Valley

0:25
Police: Man who punched 9-year-old girl at Grand Central Terminal arrested

Police: Man who punched 9-year-old girl at Grand Central Terminal arrested

0:28
Israel hails success in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack. G7 democracies condemn attack

Israel hails success in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack. G7 democracies condemn attack

0:33
Police: Dollar store employee attacked during robbery in Dutchess County

Police: Dollar store employee attacked during robbery in Dutchess County

0:30
Police: Suspect arrested for stabbing Ramapo man in his driveway

Police: Suspect arrested for stabbing Ramapo man in his driveway

2:18
Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge lit in orange to celebrate The Arc Westchester's 75 years of service

Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge lit in orange to celebrate The Arc Westchester's 75 years of service

2:13
Yo Digo No Mas nonprofit hosts panel discussion about child sex abuse

Yo Digo No Mas nonprofit hosts panel discussion about child sex abuse

2:04
CDC: Most women do not get a mammogram because of financial difficulties

CDC: Most women do not get a mammogram because of financial difficulties

0:27
New Rochelle man arrested, accused of exposing himself to college students

New Rochelle man arrested, accused of exposing himself to college students

1:28
Tunnel to Towers benefits from Yonkers-New Rochelle FD charity ice hockey game

Tunnel to Towers benefits from Yonkers-New Rochelle FD charity ice hockey game

0:21
Officials cut the ribbon on new Bedford firehouse

Officials cut the ribbon on new Bedford firehouse

0:37
Orange County DA: Newburgh man pleads guilty to 2 counts of criminal possession of a weapon

Orange County DA: Newburgh man pleads guilty to 2 counts of criminal possession of a weapon

0:40
Authorities announce arrest in 2019 Middletown homicide

Authorities announce arrest in 2019 Middletown homicide

1:35
CDC: Measles could lose 'elimination status' amid uptick across the U.S.

CDC: Measles could lose 'elimination status' amid uptick across the U.S.

0:36
Officials: Person rescued after falling onto train tracks of Croton-Harmon Metro-North station

Officials: Person rescued after falling onto train tracks of Croton-Harmon Metro-North station

2:08
Yonkers tenants concerned building management will force them out of their apartments

Yonkers tenants concerned building management will force them out of their apartments

0:28
Police: Yonkers man charged for Old Westbury gas station robbery from nearly a year ago

Police: Yonkers man charged for Old Westbury gas station robbery from nearly a year ago

0:27
Groundbreaking ceremony held for new White Plains affordable housing project

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new White Plains affordable housing project

0:47
Musicians showcase their talents at Sleepy Hollow Jazz Festival

Musicians showcase their talents at Sleepy Hollow Jazz Festival