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Voter's Guide: Levittown, Island Trees School Budget, Board Elections

What you need to know for Tuesday's budget vote and school board election.

School district across the region will be voting on school budgets and elect new board of education trustees on Tuesday. Here is what Levittown and Island Trees district residents will vote on Tuesday.

Levittown District

Residents will vote on the district's $198,758,768 budget for the 2014-15 school year Tuesday.

The proposal calls for a 1.62 percent budget-to-budget increase from last year and a 1.62 percent tax levy increase. 

Incumbent Mike Pappas, incumbent Peter Porrazzo, incumbent Frank Ward, Marianne Adrian, and Karen Smith are vying for three seats on the Board of Education.

Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Gardiners Avenue, East Broadway, Division Avenue schools, and the Levittown Memorial central office.

Island Trees District

Residents will vote on the $60,294,338 budget Tuesday.

The proposal calls for a $1.89 percent increase from last year and no increase in tax levies.

Incumbent Patricia Mahon is challenging Michael Rich, incumbent Kenneth Rochon is challenging Brian Fielding, and incumbent George Storm is being challenged by Paul Giambona.

Voting will take place from 12-9 p.m. at Stokes Elementary School.

Robert Demarco May 19, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Never criticize a Liberal cause; Liberals like to dictate, not debate. I have an MBA in finance, but I do not need that qualification to know that the education system on Long Island is not sustainable. Teachers' agendas are not necessarily in the taxpayers' best interests. Unfortunately, the kids are in the middle, and all this spending does not assure them the best education. How about supporting the taxpayers, the people who really support the teachers?
Steve May 19, 2014 at 11:31 PM
Has anyone ever looked at the Levittown Financial Statement. Both the taxpayer and the students are getting screwed at the same time.
yeahitzme May 20, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Sadly, more and more often...the students' best interest as well as tax payers... is not the true focus of the voting school budget process...so much more going on that is "driving the machine! " Politics is still politics...whether town, state or country in the end!
Robert Demarco May 20, 2014 at 08:39 AM
Hey, Peach, I think the teachers make a very good living, and an excellent retirement. They do much better than most of the middle class on LI. I do agree with you that many school board members are not qualified to manage the large budgets and personnel issues , but that is the fault of the voters who cast their vote for the candidate with the best rhetoric rather than the best experience. Teachers being on a school board could be a conflict of interest during contract negotiations. Consider that.
Robert Demarco May 24, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Well, Levittown voted out one of the board members who was skilled in budgeting, a gentleman who had brought common sense and stability. In his place they elected someone who had a vague agenda and no financial experience. This was my point exactly.

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