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A Look at Tax Levy Increases: Commack Compared to Other School Districts

Which nearby school districts are and aren't piercing the tax cap.

The Commack Union-Free School District was not alone this year in making some tough budget-related decisions. However, Commack was one of the districts whose school administrators decided to play it safe, proposing a 2.6 percent tax levy increase that falls within the state's cap. Commack's budget will only need approval by a simple majority of voters.  

In this area of Suffolk County, it seems districts are split between staying at or below the tax cap and going above it. Here is a look at where Commack stands in comparison to other school districts in Suffolk County: 

District Enrollment* Adopted Budget Tax Levy Increase +/- District Cap Three Village 7,378 $178.6 million 4.48% Above cap 10,810 $215.3 million 2.23% Under cap Comsewogue 3,890 $79,114,408
4.5% Above cap Sachem 14,668 $291.4 million 4.2% Above cap Middle Country 11,000 $218,150,026
4.37%
Above cap 2,678 $62.7 million 1.75%
Below cap Port Jefferson 1,217 $38,076,500 2% At cap 3,024 $64,954,995 2.61% At cap Mt. Sinai 2,800 $55,364,115 4.78%
Above cap 3,523 $71,574,012 3.2%
Above cap 7,509 $171 million
2.6% Under cap 4,000 $98.6 million 2.9%
Under cap 3,923 $80,832,817 2.49 Under cap

*Based on 2010-2011 data from New York State Report Cards.

MJS April 24, 2012 at 06:58 PM
These are just meaningless numbers...This comparison is useless because it does not provide any details underlying the reasons for the Tax Levy increases relative to each respective district.
Re April 24, 2012 at 07:09 PM
From these summary figures we can see that Commack schools spend 22,772 per pupil: Smithtown schools spend 19,888 per pupil and Kings park schools spend 20,604 per pupil. These neighboring districts educate their students very very well at a lower per pupil cost. Any ideas about why this differential exists?
Michael April 25, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Hunderfund, Feltman and James?
MM April 25, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Its more the BOE than anything else. Look at the ridiculous salaries that have been paid while Masciello has been on the BOE. Hunderfund and Feltman yes, James hasnt been there long enough to be the problem. Yes, he got a raise, but it was given by the BOE. Masciello, Pennacchio and Guber have to go.
Michael May 07, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Here is a must read! Please visit this page and forward to all your friends!!! http://commack.patch.com/blog_posts/time-for-change-why-commack-needs-a-new-slate-of-trustees-for-its-school-board

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