Thirteen school districts in New York expect to propose budgets overriding the state's cap on property tax increases, a survey from the Association of School Business Officials released on Wednesday found.
School districts typically put their budgets before voters in May and overriding the cap requires a 60 percent supermajority.
The tax cap this year stands at a 1.81 percent limit. The provision is tied to the rate of inflation or limited to 2 percent, whichever is lower.
The low number of school districts seeking to override the cap is not surprising. Most school districts have submitted budgets within the tax cap's requirements since it was first approved in 2011.
The tax cap has been largely seen as an effective way of controlling some of the highest property taxes in the country. The measure applies both to school districts and local taxing districts and municipalities.
But at the same time, school districts have become more reliant on state aid in the budget each year for annual revenue.
"This year, for the fifth time in seven years, school districts face the challenge of a growth factor less than two percent," the association wrote in its report. "Now that the tax cap has been made permanent, state aid becomes even more important to school districts as they work to educate their students."