HICKSVILLE, NY — The Hicksville Public Schools district has a new budget, and results were also announced Wednesday in the Board of Education election.
Voters passed the proposed 2020-21 budget with 3,230 votes in favor to 1,497 against.
The two other propositions also passed.
- Prop 2 (Repairs): 3,250 in favor to 1,346 against
- Prop 3 (Gregory Museum): 3,081 in favor to 1,303 against
In the school board election, Christopher Amato and Sunita Manjrekar ran unopposed. In the race to fill Kevin Carroll's seat, Irene Carlomusto won election.
Mary D'Antonio won the library trustee election after running unopposed. She earned 3,531 votes.
- Irene Carlomusto 1,704
- Juan Carlos Cerro: 614
- Andrea Mieles: 536
- Keith Schafer: 1,137
Hicksville Public School Budget Overview
- 2020-21 proposed budget: $140 million
- 2019-20 proposed budget: $139.4 million
- Budget increase (percent): + 0.4 percent
- Tax levy 2020-21: $106 million
- Tax levy 2019-20: $104.5 million
- Tax levy increase (percent): 1.45 percent
The budget is an expenditure plan that supports instructional programs and services. The tax levy is the money raised through property taxes after all other revenue sources are deducted.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has warned that the economic effect of the coronavirus shutdown could mean much less money available for state education aid. The state will assess and adjust its budget several times in the course of this year. The governor's has estimated that state aid would be 20 percent lower than promised.
Voters also weighed in on plans to replace the high school roof and buy pool tile for the pool. The $1.3 million needed for the projects will be taken from the 2017-18 Capital Reserve and will come at no additional cost to taxpayers.
Also on the ballot this year: a $60,000 yearly appropriation for education services associated with programs at Gregory Museum. This proposition was only able to pass if the school budget passed.
Board of Education And Library Trustee Election
Four people ran for Kevin Caroll's Board of Education seat: Irene Carlomusto, Juan Carlos Cerro, Andrea Mieles and Keith Schafer.
Christopher Amato also sought re-election, as did Sunita Manjrekar. Both ran unopposed.
Mary D'Antonio ran unopposed in the library trustee election.