Levittown and Island Trees pass school budgets

May 17, 2012 by  

Residents of Levittown and Island Trees turned out in high numbers to vote on Tuesday despite the rainy weather.

The vote was on a proposed school budget of roughly $58 million with a tax levy of 1.99% for the 2012-2013 school year in Island Trees, which also included cutting back on some programs such as vocal lessons for middle-schools and the school’s golf team. The Levittown school budget was for roughly $189 million in the 2012-2013 year and a 1.85% tax levy. However, it is a 4% budget decrease from last year.

Voters had strong opinions both ways on the subject. Joan Behrens, an Island Trees resident, was in support of the budget, believing that it did a good job of balancing costs while maintaining strong educational programs. Behrens assessed the situation, arguing:

“The workers want their raises and people want to see their taxes down. It’s tough, but I think they did a great job and I can’t complain.”

However, another Levittown resident voiced an opinion that costs should be cut, feeling that her children had received a good education at a lesser cost. The anonymous voter said:

“The more you have doesn’t mean the better you do, it’s quality that matters.”

The vote in Levittown passed by 2,545 over 1,386, while in Island Trees the budget passed by a vote of 689 over 278, which was an impressive number of votes for the area. Printing companies have presumably been hard at work creating flyers and informational brochures to promote such heavy voter turnout.