The local school districts were not alone this year in making some tough budget-related decisions. And come budget vote time on May 15, Rocky Point and Mt. Sinai won't be alone in their quest to seek a supermajority of voter approval by going above the state's cap on tax levy increases.
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 Miller Place, Rocky Point, Mt. Sinai and Shoreham-Wading River stand in comparison to other school districts in Suffolk County.DistrictEnrollment*Adopted BudgetTax Levy Increase+/- District Cap Three Village7,378 $178.6 million 4.48% Above cap 10,810 $215.3 million 2.23% Under cap Comsewogue3,890 $79,114,408
4.5% Above cap Sachem14,668 $291.4 million 4.2% Above cap Middle Country 11,000 $218,150,026
Above cap2,678$62.7 million1.75%
Below cap Port Jefferson1,217 $38,076,500 2% At cap3,024$64,954,9952.61%At capMt. Sinai2,800$55,364,1154.78%
Above cap7,509 $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.