School taxes comprise about 62 percent of the average New Yorker’s property tax bill. (The next closest is county taxes, at about 17 percent.)
And education of our children is arguably one of the most vital public services funded with those tax dollars.
Today, voters across the state will have a chance to express their views on how their tax dollars should be spent on education — by electing school board members and voting on annual school budgets.
The budgets cover everything from teacher salaries to facilities to curriculum to sports. How you vote could make a huge difference in the future of our children’s education and in how much you pay in taxes.
Unfortunately, most people won’t take advantage of the opportunity. According to the New York State Association of School Business Officials, voter turnout in school elections is a little more than 20 percent, a 7 percent decline from 2012 to 2013. Only districts where voters were asked to override a tax cap saw an increase, about 73 percent, from 2012 to 2013.
If you want to have your say, today’s the day. Take a few minutes and vote. It will be worth your time.