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Yorktown Schools Pass State Tax Cap Audit

Yorktown Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ralph Napolitano is pleased with the district's report from the New York State comptroller.
Yorktown Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ralph Napolitano is pleased with the district's report from the New York State comptroller. Photo Credit: Rick Pezzullo

YORKTOWN, N.Y. — The Yorktown Central School District's 2012-13 budget has received a thumbs-up following an audit from the New York State Comptroller's Office. The proposed outlay falls more than $900,000 below the state-mandated tax cap.

"The state comptroller is completely satisfied that the Yorktown Central School District has fully complied with all aspects of the tax cap legislation," said Board of Education President Jackie Carbone.

"We are pleased to say that we passed with flying colors," added Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ralph Napolitano.

The budget voters will scrutinize on May 15 increases spending by 1.15% over this year's ledger and raises taxes 2.3% for the majority of property owners in the district.

Assistant Superintendent Tom Cole said with declining state aid, tax certiorari payouts, state and federal mandates and the tax cap, it's becoming more challenging for school districts to meet all their obligations and still provide quality educational programs.

"As a school district, we strive to be good stewards of taxpayer funds, and that includes planning for the future," Cole said. "Community advocacy may provide additional opportunities for the district's students."

The Yorktown Central School District serves approximately 3,600 students in three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one alternative high school.

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