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SHBOE: Tax Hike Less Than Expected

School board approves 5.86 tax levy rate for the district.

The South Huntington School Board last week unanimously approved a tax levy rate of 5.86 percent —  up from last year, but less than expected. 

According to District Superintendent Thomas Shea, the anticipated tax rate of 5.91 percent for the coming year was approved at a reduced rate based on new numbers released by the town assessors office which were slightly less than predicted.

"The assessed valuation came in $21,000 higher than we than we thought it was going to be," said Shea. "That reduces the tax rate increase by a half percent."

Shea said the district projected a $500,000 reduction on a $45 million number and was off by just $21,000. "It's not really good news," he said.

"It's less bad news than we projected," said School Board President Jim Kaden. 

Shea said he did not remember the last time the school board had approved a reduced tax levy which was down from anticipated numbers.

"Unlike previous years where we underestimated the tax assessment drop and we had to use additional fund balance to support the published tax rate — we do not have to do that this year," said Shea.

Other items approved by the school board Oct. 13:

  • A trip to the New York State Field Band Championships to Syracuse next in by 75 band students in late-October.
  • A trip by six district students to Rochester from Dec. 1-4 to for NYSSMA student performances.
  • A volunteer surrogate parent to serve on the Committee of Special Education to represent the interest of a student in rare cases when a parent is not unavailable to serve.
  • A donation of $1,500 in used office furniture by the husband of School Board member Lisa Breiff.  
  • The selection of Superintendent Shea as one of 13 state superintendents to meet quarterly with the New York Education Commissioner John King. Shea was the only superintendent selected from Suffolk County.
Pamela Setchell October 17, 2011 at 08:05 PM
When was the last year that there was no increase? Woops.....oooh.....can't remember back that far? I wish my business worked this way! Gee only .04 off......wow! I guess people are supposed to feel lucky, unscathed and eternally grateful. Pardon my sarcasim but this is all just one big hilarious joke every year and I'm truly lost for words of support!
Robert W October 17, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Could of been more but they replaced all the dept chairs they said were bieng let go and the asst principal at Whitman who they said wouldnt be replaced! Liars to the end!
Steve October 18, 2011 at 08:18 PM
How about holding the school budget to the rate of inflation???
Steve October 18, 2011 at 08:20 PM
We need to replace the leaders if they can not present a balanced budget!!!
Judy October 18, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Why do our taxes go up every year? We just cut 9th period in the High School, there should be no tax increase. Less than expected? Well, my salary has gone down 'more than expected' so I'm not able to pay more every year.

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