- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - New York voters have approved 98 percent of school budgets proposed for next year, including 14 that will increase taxes beyond a state-imposed cap.

The New York State School Boards Association says preliminary results show voters Tuesday passed 652 budgets and defeated 11, with 13 districts’ results outstanding.

On average, the budgets increase spending by 2.6 percent and raise the tax levy by 1.98 percent - the average limit under New York’s tax cap formula.

Budgets exceeding the cap need support from 60 percent of voters, rather than the simple majority required by everyone else.

About 65 percent of the 24 districts that proposed exceeding the cap were successful.

Districts where budgets failed can either adopt a contingency budget with no tax increase, or hold another vote June 17.

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