As Realtors for Lucky To Live Here Realty in Cold Spring Harbor, the number one question we are asked by buyers we work with is "How are the Schools?" Regardless of whether they have children, buyers care about the reputation of the local schools because they know that schools directly affect a community's vitality as well as a home's resale value.

What are the benefits of passing a school budget?

A high quality education is important for our childrens' future. However, good schools, are important for more reasons than just the obvious.  Property values increase as more people desire to live within a particular school district.  Families with children are willing to pay more to live in a community where the schools have a good reputation. Even home buyers who plan on using private schools or those without children benefit from communities with strong schools.  As long as a community maintains high-quality public schools, their property values will be more likely to rise.

photo courtesy of Huntington High School

What will the budget go towards?

In Huntington School District, for example, a 2.25 percent increase from last year's budget is proposed. The increase in the budget will help to maintain the full day kindergarten, introduce new textbooks, software and devices.

photo courtesy of Harborfields High School

What are the consequences of not passing the budget?

When a school district cannot adequately fund their schools or fails to pass needed referenda, school quality will eventually decline and overcrowding will become an issue.  That community will begin to see home buyers choosing to live elsewhere.

One of the reasons we're lucky to live here is because of the great public schools within the five harbors area; Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington, Half Hollow Hills, Harborfields, Elwood, Northport-E.Northport and S.Huntington.  Let's keep it that way. Secure the long-term value of your property by voting YES for your school budget,  May 17th!