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Voter's Guide: Bellmore, Merrick 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 Bellmore and Merrick residents will vote on Tuesday.

Bellmore School District

Bellmore School District residents will vote on the district's $33,246,182 budget for the 2014-15 school year Tuesday.

The proposal calls for a 1.06 percent budget-to-budget increase from last year and a 1.49 percent tax levy increase. Read more in the district's budget pamphlet here.

Incumbent Jay L. T. Breakstone is running unopposed for the Board of Education.

Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Shore Road School.

North Bellmore School District

North Bellmore district residents will vote on the district's $52,291,099 budget for 2014-15.

The proposal calls for a 3.55 percent budget-to-budget increase from last year and a 1.75 percent tax levy increase. 

Read a PDF of the district's budget brochure here.

Incumbent John Ferrara is running unopposed for the Board of Education.

Voting will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Newbridge Road School.

Bellmore-Merrick District

Bellmore-Merrick district residents will vote on the $139,418,645 proposed budget Tuesday.

The proposal calls for a 2.12 percent budget-to-budget increase from last year and a 1.86 tax levy increase.

Voting will take place at the following locations:

  • Shore Road School from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. for Bellmore residents
  • Lakeside School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for Merrick residents
  • Newbridge Road School from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for North Bellmore residents
  • Fayette School from 2-10 p.m. for North Merrick residents
ralph bernstein May 19, 2014 at 09:46 PM
I have read the pamphlet and it seems fairly simple. I think the budget news letter should include a list the last years salaries for key employees, the benefits and the pensions. The increase is small at around 2%, $20 to $40 bucks a month probably for most people. But after literally doubling in the last decade, and house values plummeting, the small increase is just salt in an open wound. It also "seems" to me that over the same decade the number of students and teachers had diminished. Maybe I am wrong. But I do not know and I have tried to find out. I would really love to find out if more money is needed for more staff or is more money going to less people, or maybe the increases are for retirees, and we have no choice. If someone has that information, it would help me on deciding how to vote. Meanwhile... I (we) pay and we pay and we pay.

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