New York State voters approved 99 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday.

77 percent of districts that exceeded the property tax cap saw their budgets pass.  That's almost identical to last year.

"This year, many school boards overcame rising costs in order to deliver budgets that stayed within the state's property tax cap," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy Kremer. "Smart budgeting, community input and an increase in state education funding helped districts win strong voter support. Some districts were even able to restore positions lost during leaner budgeting years."

All of the school district budgets in Utica-Rome area were approved.  One of only three budgets that failed to pass statewide was in the DeRuyter School District in Madison County.

Schools statewide proposed an average property tax increase of 1.48 percent.