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Tax cap overrides fail in 20 districts

By Lombardo David
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Niskayuna School District was one of 20 school districts in the state to fail in its attempt to override the state's tax cap.

A large turnout of voters rejected the Niskayuna budget Tuesday, which was the only spending plan in the county proposing to raise the local tax levy above the state tax cap. A majority of 3,154 residents voted against the budget, with 2,484 voting in favor. The budget, which would have needed a supermajority to pass because it exceeded the state cap, didn’t even receive a majority, with only 44.1 percent voting in favor.

Voter turnout this year far surpassed anything the district has seen in the past three years, which averaged between 3,100 and 3,300.

A full story on the Niskayuna budget is available HERE.

The full list of attempted overrides, as compiled by the Empire Center, is available below.

According to the Empire Center, the number of attempted overrides was down from last year, when 48 districts attempted to bust their cap. About two-thirds of the attempts last year were successful the first time and about three-quarters were not successful on the first attempt this year.

Reporter Bethany Bump contributed to this report

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