COMMACK, New York, April 23
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Commack school board members voted 4-to-1 in favor of adopting a proposed $185,123,747 budget on April 16.
The 2015-2016 school budget – which sports a district-history record-low .95-percent tax levy increase – will now go before voters on May 19.
The lone dissenter at the April 16 meeting was Trustee James Tampellini, an outspoken critic of the district’s budgeting practices ever since he was elected to a three-year term in 2013. Tampellini has criticized the district for using its appropriated fund balance – accrued from the previous year’s budget – to keep tax increases low for the following year.
Commack’s 2015-2016 spending plan contains $131,931,340 in tax levy funds, a $1,241,553 increase from 2014-2015. The .95-percent tax levy increase is the lowest in Commack School District history, district officials have said.
Within the proposed budget, the district has planned to restore and add programs such as an enhanced middle school enrichment program; increased security district-wide; and secondary athletics – all while maintaining current programming and staff.
Voter registration for the budget vote and trustee election will be held at Commack Middle School and at Commack High School on May 7 and May 13 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Polls open May 19 from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. at the middle and high schools.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, April 23, 2015; A7)