May brings vote on Smithtown school budget and candidates

May 12, 2017 by  

Smithtown school board candidates and the 2017-2018 school budget are up for a vote this month.

When Smithtown residents head for the polls on May 16, they will have a choice of four candidates and a proposed budget of $239.3m for next school year. This budget is 1.01% more than the 2016-2017 budget. To pay for this increase, the school tax levy will need to go up by 1.73% above its current rate. The tax level uptick does not exceed the state tax cap imposed for the district.

The Smithtown Board of Education has three seats to be filled and four candidates on the ballots. Two of the candidates, incumbents Gladys Waldron and Joanne McEnroy are guaranteed positions on the board since they are running unopposed. The remaining seat, currently held by Grace Plourde, is being challenged by Matthew Gribbin.

While Waldron and McEnroy were able to take it easy prior to the election, Plourde and Gribbon have each had to keep the pressure on and distribute ad specialties such as promotional pens bearing their names.

On Tuesday, May 9, residents had an opportunity to attend a public hearing on the proposed budget. Polls will be open at St. James, Smithtown, Nesconset and Accompsett elementary schools next Tuesday, May 16, from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.