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Queensbury school polling place entrance

Queensbury school district residents leave the polling place after casting their votes Tuesday, and the district's Assistant Superintendent of Business Scott Whittemore said he thought turnout was pretty consistent with last year's numbers. 

School district budgets in The Post-Star's coverage area passed at almost exactly the same rate as the rest of the state on Tuesday, according to numbers from the New York State School Board Association. 

Twenty-nine of the 30 districts in our area passed their budgets last night, nearly 97%, and the overall rate across the state was 98.2%. 

This includes a near 50/50 split on districts above the cap, which was the case in our area last night with Putnam voters approving their 18.5% increase and Ticonderoga failing to pass its nearly 10% jump. 

The association's release said the passage rate since 1969 has been 86%, but since the tax cap took effect the rate has jumped to 98%. It seems the tax cap has been an effective tool in keeping people content with budget changes year-to-year.

The rule was made permanent in this year's state budget as well, so it's here to stay for the foreseeable future. 

As far as I know, New York and Massachusetts are the only states with a law like this on the books, but I don't think it will take others much longer to notice the effect and try out versions of the own. 

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Samuel Northrop is the education reporter for The Post-Star. He can be reached at snorthrop@poststar.com.

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