Q&A: Taxes

Q&A: Budget Facts – Taxes

Dear North Shore Parents, Community Members, and Faculty,
Q. Dr. G., What is a tax levy?
A. A tax levy is the amount of revenue collected in taxes from all property owners in the district to fund the school budget. North Shore School District’s 2021-22 tax levy increase is 1.43%. This represents a budget-to-budget increase of 1.20%, which is North Shore’s fourth lowest percentage increase in 25 years. It does not exceed the N.Y. State allowable tax levy limit.
Q. Dr. G., How does North Shore’s 2021-22 budget increase and tax levy increase compare to our neighboring school districts in our quadrant?
A. We looked at the 2021-22 budget information of our neighboring school districts in our quadrant as prepared by their respective business offices. Please see the chart below:

2021-22 vs. Last Year


School District

Budget-to-Budget % Increase

Tax Levy % Increase

Great Neck UFSD

4.47%

1.98%

Glen Cove City SD

3.54%

1.66%

Roslyn UFSD

2.89%

1.98%

Port Washington UFSD

2.48%

2.07%

Syosset CSD

2.28%

1.98%

Oyster Bay- E. Norwich CSD

2.13%

1.40%

Jericho UFSD

2.10%

1.95%

Herricks UFSD

1.94%

1.42%

Manhasset UFSD

1.65%

1.60%

Locust Valley CSD

1.47%

1.27%

East Williston UFSD

1.42%

1.67%

Garden City UFSD

1.21%

0.84%

North Shore CSD

1.20%

1.43%

Carle Place UFSD

0.99%

1.43%

North Shore’s 1.20% budget-budget increase was lower than the other school districts in our quadrant with the exception of Carle Place. In addition, our 1.43% tax levy increase was lower than those listed above with the exception of Garden City, Locust Valley, Herricks, and Oyster Bay-East Norwich.

As mentioned, remaining fund balance at the end of each year is routinely given back to our taxpayers in the form of an offset to lower the future year’s tax levy. In each of the past several years, over a million dollars of fund balance has been returned to our resident taxpayers.

The Budget Vote/Election of Trustees is less than a week away! Please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 in the North Shore High School Gym. The polls open at 7 am and close at 10 pm. For more budget information, please visit the school website at www.northshoreschools.org     

Have a good weekend!
All the best,

Dr. Peter Giarrizzo
Superintendent of Schools