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Comparison: Lindy vs. Other Local School Budgets

See how Lindenhurst’s proposed 2012-13 budget stacks up compared to other Long Island school district budgets up for vote on May 15.

Since there’s been so much buzz about the school budget, Lindenhurst Patch has put together a comparison table to let residents see how Lindy’s 2012-13 budget stacks up against other local districts in Suffolk County.

(Scroll down to view, and share your thoughts in the comments section.)

With the reality of the tax cap, the wasn't alone this year in making some tough budget-related decisions for the year.

(To read about this year's cuts, click and .)

This year’s proposed $141.7 million proposed and approved by the Lindenhurst Board of Education has an associated 2.45 percent tax-levy increase.

That 2.45 percent tax-levy increase is less than the 3.55 percent the district was allowed under New York state law, but above what the residents here in Lindenhurst think it should be, according to Lindenhurst Patch’s recent Talk Back Poll. 

(To see the results of that poll, click .)

The poll sparked a discussion about whether or not residents support this year's budget, and how they'll on , . And it seems 67 percent (versus 32 percent) have indicated they don’t support the budget in a follow-up Talk Back Poll

(To see the results of that poll, click .)

It also led residents to continue to voice frustration about the budget at recent BOE meetings and here on the site, and led to several opinion pieces posted here on the site. 

(To read about how taxpayers initially urged the BOE not to pierce the cap, click . To read about what happened at the most recent budget presentation, click . To read the recent opinion pieces, click , and .)

(, but not least, to see a voters' guide click .)

Now, here's the comparison chart showing where Lindy falls:

District

Enrollment*

Adopted Budget

Tax-Levy Increase

+/- District Cap

6,760

$141.7 million

2.45%

Under cap

4,856

$107.1 million

2.59%

Above cap

4,206

$101.2 million

2.5%

Under cap

9,882

$221.9 million

2.33%

At cap

8,188

$162 million

1.99%

Under cap

1,788

$46.3 million

1.39%

At cap

Sayville

3,293

$85.7 million

2.33%

Under cap

Bayport-Blue Point

2,503

$64.9 million

2.29%

Under cap

5,306

$110 million

2.27%

At cap

Sachem

14,668

$291.4 million

4.20%

Above cap

West Babylon

4,360

$96.2 million

3.64%

Under cap

Mount Sinai

2,800

$55.4 million

4.78%

Above cap

Comsewogue

3,890

$79.1 million

4.50%

Above cap

Three Village

7,378

$178.6 million

4.48%

Above cap

Middle Country

11,000

$218.2 million

4.37%

Above cap

3,523

$71.6 million

3.20%

Above cap

4,000

$98.6 million

2.90%

Under cap

3,024

$64.95 million

2.61%

At cap

7,509

$171 million

2.60%

Under cap

3,923

$80.8 million

2.49%

Under cap

10,810

$215.3 million

2.23%

Under cap

Port Jefferson

1,217

$38.1 million

2.00%

Under cap

2,678

$62.7 million

1.75%

Under cap

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

Information compiled from sister Patch sites (, , and ) and numbers recently reported on Newsday.com.

To see a comparison of school districts in Nassau County as compiled by Patch, click .

 

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Editor's Note: Don't forget to weigh in with your thoughts and concerns about this year's budget process for the with Lindenhurst Patch on the site by taking these two polls by clicking and , and by sharing your thoughts in the comments section of articles about the topic, and on Facebook and Twitter, and by e-mailing barbara.loehr@patch.com with an opinion piece.

Valerie McKenna May 12, 2012 at 02:34 AM
As I read the various op-ed pieces and comments that people have made, I just ask that prior to casting your vote, you know both sides of the vote. Learn what a "no" vote entails. I believe that whatever you decide, please VOTE. Voting in this country is a privilege that we often times take for granted. If you previously voted at E.W. Bower, you must now vote at Harding School. If you voted at the Middle School, you must now vote at Alleghany Avenue. Whatever you decide, please have your voice be heard on May 15th.
Marlene Reilly Hayden May 12, 2012 at 06:24 AM
When will our teachers become part of the solution by taking concessions so they can stop taking from our children?
steve lundberg May 14, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Drive around.Notice all the houses up for sale.This is a long time coming.Any wonder why we lost a Middle School and now are losing our Catholic grammer school ? People are moving out of Lindy in droves due to one of the highest school taxes over the last decades.Get out and vote NO and stick to your guns when they try and ram through the second vote with fear.

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