Local officials urge schools to consider no tax hikes in budget

Darwin Yanes

April 16, 2021

Originally published in LI Herald on April 16, 2021.

State Sens. Todd Kaminsky and Kevin Thomas helped secure millions of dollars in state aid for schools

Following the Long Beach School District’s adoption of a budget with a zero percent tax levy, local officials on Thursday urged other school districts to follow suit.

At a news conference at Long Beach High School, State Senator Todd Kaminsky, a Long Beach Democrat, was joined by county, state and Long Beach school officials, in asking other districts to reconsider their budget after the state senate secured $417 million in state aid for Long Island schools. The Long Beach district received more than $1.7 million in state and was able to eliminate a previously considered tax levy.

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State Senator Kevin Thomas, a Democrat from Levittown, attended the news conference to encourage schools in his district to follow Long Beach’s fiscal steps.

“This has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone especially our school staff, teachers and students,” Thomas said. “Now more than ever we need to invest to make sure our children not only recover from the crisis but thrive in spite of it.”

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