Polls were open Tuesday in many school districts across Long Island for residents to vote on proposed budgets totaling almost $13 billion, along with contested board races featuring 207 candidates in 56 districts.
Rye Neck, on the other hand, stays below the tax cap, and voters in the school district will have to decide whether or not to approve a $41.4 million budget, which is 3.13 percent more than the 2017-18 budget.
The district's tax rate is $11.81 per $1,000 of assessed value.
The reduction follows a trend of the board slicing the district's overall property tax rate in recent years. Each seat carries a three-year term.
Smith said each finalist will spend one day in the district touring schools and the community and interacting with board members, employees and the public.
The drop-ins for Robbins and Wilson will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. The budget proposal would increase the tax levy to voters by approximately $200,000, or 3.4 percent.
Instead, they welcome the challenge of governing districts with budgets in the millions of dollars, or, as they phrase it more modestly, it's a way of giving back.
More than half of homeowners in Nassau County and almost one-third in Suffolk pay $10,000 or more in property taxes, compared with a national rate of 4.4 percent, according to Attom Data Solutions, a California-based real-estate information company.
This year, school elections lack the drama they once held.
Education finance experts agreed that a major factor in the growing number of budget approvals has been the state's imposition of tax-cap restrictions, which took effect during the 2012-13 school year.
Monroe County's largest suburban school district is Greece; it has a proposed budget of $231 million.
Of those, about 48% of the districts have proposed raising taxes by ever dollar they can without breaking the tax cap, according to date from the State Education Department.
Superintendent Art Tate has asked the board to determine whether it supports Vision 2020 as the platform for the board to respond to the district's School Budget Review Committee and, if not, how the board intends to respond to the committee. The hotspots will be divided between East, West, and Expo high schools as well as the middle schools based on need.
A second proposition deals with allowing a senior from the high school to serve as a non-voting member of the school board.
In Eastport South Manor six candidates-five of whom are newcomers-are running for two open seats on the School Board.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m.to 9 p.m.