The West Babylon School District wants to know what residents think of the state mandated 2 percent tax levy cap and currently has a survey posted online at the district’s website to gain feedback and insight from the community.
In a short statement introducing the survey, which was created by the Long Island superintendent’s association, it asks taxpayers to give their opinions about school budgets, programs and services.
“As you know, a property tax cap has been put into place to bring relief to New York residents in these tough times. While the tax cap is meant to help our communities, we are concerned that reductions in programs and services will decrease our ability to teach our children," states the survey notice. "We would like to hear your opinions about school budgets, programs and services. Your answers to the questions on this survey will help us to make decisions and address our financial situation,” states the survey introduction." The survey introduction stresses that responses will be kept confidential and not shared.
The Babylon School District is considering posting the same survey on its website and Interim Superitendent Peter Daly asked the school board to consider such a move at its most recent board workshop meeting.
In related school budget news, the West Babylon School District has also released a full budget schedule listing out specific dates of the budget development and review process.
Currently the school board is reviewing the second budget draft and is scheduled to receive the third draft on February 10. That draft will be discussed by board members at a public meeting on February 13 during which time the district’s administration will provide its recommendations.