Twenty-seven* school districts were seeking to override the state’s property tax cap in yesterday’s school budget votes. Twenty of these districts — or 74 percent — failed to collect the needed 60 percent supermajority to pass, according to news accounts. The closest result was in the Cornwall School District in Orange County, which fell two votes short of an override supermajority.

The table below shows each district along with unofficial vote tallies, based on news reports (NOTE: Niskayuna vote totals corrected from earlier version).


Districts now have the option to resubmit the same budget, or to submit a revised budget, with the next and final round of budget voting scheduled for June 18. If a budget fails to win approval in two votes, the district’s tax levy increased is absolutely capped at zero. (Districts whose budgets failed yesterday also have the option of immediately implementing a contingency budget with no increase–which, it’s safe to say, none will do.)

Last year, the first year the property tax cap was in effect, at least 48 districts sought overrides, with roughly two-thirds succeeding on the first try.  There were fewer override attempts this year because the average cap was much higher to begin with, due to a partial exclusion of rising teacher pension costs.

PS — The New York State School Boards Association reported that voters approved 98 percent of school budgets proposing tax levy hikes within the cap.

* According to the New York State Education Department’s Property Tax Report Card

About the Author

Tim Hoefer

Tim Hoefer is president & CEO of the Empire Center for Public Policy.

Read more by Tim Hoefer

You may also like

Hochul’s ‘Straight Talk’ on Medicaid Isn’t Straight Enough

Arguably the biggest Medicaid news in Governor Hochul's budget presentation was about the current fiscal year, not the next one: The state-run health plan is running substantially over budget. Read More

Don’t Tell The Grownups: NY Still Hiding State Test Scores

State education officials are refusing to release the results of federally required assessments in grades 3 through 8, deliberately keeping parents and taxpayers in the dark—not only about how New York’s public schools performed, but also about how that performance was measured. Read More

What You Should Know: NY’s changing graduation requirements

Months after lowering the scores to pass state assessment exams, New York education officials are considering eliminating the Regents diploma. Read More

New York’s Medicaid Spending Is Running Billions Over Budget

New York's Medicaid program ran billions of dollars over budget during the first half of the fiscal year, adding to signs of a brewing fiscal crisis in Albany. According to the fro Read More

State Drags Out Test Mess

The New York State Education Department (SED) was proud to announce this week that they have lifted the embargo on last year’s state test scores in reading and math. Does this mean the public gets to see them now?  Read More

Back to School: New York Style

Class is in session across the state, and things are messy (especially in New York City).  Read More

Where are New York’s Test Results?

For the second year in a row, New York parents will receive their back-to-school shopping lists before their students' results on state assessments. and Read More

NY school spending again led US, hitting all-time high in 2020-21

Public elementary and secondary school spending in New York rose to $26,571 per pupil in 2020-21, according to the latest Census Bureau data Read More