A sign for the school budget vote and school board elections at Starpoint High School in Pendelton, N.Y. on Tuesday May 16, 2017. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

School budgets gained overwhelming approval throughout New York State Tuesday, as well as in the Buffalo Niagara region.

According to the New York State School Boards Association, statewide:

  • 99.4 percent of all budgets passed; one is too close to call.
  • 99.9 percent of budgets staying within the tax cap passed.
  • Three of 13 budgets above the tax cap that needed a supermajority approval failed.
  • Nearly 1,500 school board members were elected.

[View results from Tuesday's school district elections in Erie and Niagara counties]

The school boards association has records online going back to 1969, and this is the highest passage rate in that time. The passing rate has increased since the implementation of the tax cap in 2012.




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