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Voters Approve Smithtown's School Budget

Votes in favor trump rejecting votes by nearly 2,000.

Voters passed a $215 million budget Tuesday for the 2012-2013 school year. With a final tally of 3,587 to 1,618, homeowners within the Smithtown Central School district can expect to see a 2.23 percent increase in their collective tax levy in the following year. 

The district announced in April that the now approved budget would result in the . The cuts, according to the district, would result in savings of more than $3 million.

In February prior to the budget process,, a move fueled by lower enrollment and a projected cost savings to the district of an estimated $960,000.

Both current board member , who was appointed by the board to take over the seat vacated by former Vice President Scott Martella who resigned in November of last year, and St. James resident Matthew Morton, ran unopposed. Current board member Joseph Saggese did not run for re-election.

Voting took place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Nesconset Elementary, Accompsett Elementary, Smithtown Elementary and St. James Elementary.

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We Heart Long Island May 18, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Yes I do live in Smithtown and Yes I'm at most of the BOE meetings. That's how I know that the board knows what they are doing and spend our tax money as best they can. I don't troll on newsday. My comment here was most of the budgets passed. Why would I tell them that at a board meeting?
Rob Onion May 18, 2012 at 05:48 PM
sadday... you are spending entirely too much time in front of the computer. You are giving yourself stress for no good reason. Smithtown Patch banter is not good for you. Have an iced tea and relax.
localguy May 18, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I think maybe the teachers should be building their own retirement and not be depending on the tax payers to fund their pension for them. No one is dropping thousands into my 401k for me.
We Heart Long Island May 18, 2012 at 06:22 PM
The teachers don't depend on taxpayers to fund their pension. Their terms of employment include pension funding. The terms of employment you have has nothing to do with anyone else's.
scsddad May 19, 2012 at 01:55 AM
NYS is the ones that makeup the tiers on April 1st they made a new tier. Does anyone know if the new employees the district hires go into this tier. People that rent with kids should pay school taxes.

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