- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York voters have approved the vast majority of school budgets proposed by districts across the state.

The New York State School Boards Association reports Wednesday that 98.5 percent of budgets passed Tuesday in a year when the state’s tax cap made it particularly challenging to raise local funds. Executive Director Timothy Kremer says more state aid helped.

This is the fifth year since New York imposed the property tax cap that limits how much districts can increase their tax levy. This year, that amount was near zero.

Districts can propose budgets that exceed the tax cap but need a 60-percent voter majority for it to pass. The school boards association says 36 of the state’s nearly 700 districts tried that this year and 78 percent of them passed.

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