ALBANY -- Nearly 99 percent of school budgets passed Tuesday night, yet districts that sought an override of the property-tax cap didn't fare as well.

The state School Boards Association said Wednesday that only 10 budgets failed -- and eight of those sought a 60 percent super-majority to override the state's tax cap.

RESULTS: WNY School Budget Vote Results

The passage rate of 98.5 was nearly as high as 2015, when 99 percent of budgets passed on the first try.

"Despite a near-zero tax cap, school districts managed to put together spending plans that in some cases restored educational programs and services, thanks to a large infusion of state aid," Timothy Kremer, the group's executive director. "The question is, will the state be able to sustain that commitment going forward?"

The School Boards Association had results from nearly all of the state's roughly 700 school districts. It was awaiting results on six districts.

Voters also filled nearly 1,500 vacancies on local school boards at the ballot box.

The budget votes showed what has been the case since the cap was installed in 2011: If districts stay within the cap, their budgets are almost certain to pass. But seeking a 60 percent vote to override the cap proves extraordinarily difficult.

Of the 640 districts that proposed budgets within their tax-levy-cap limit, 99.7 percent passed, the group said.

Of the 36 districts that sought an override, 28 passed, or a 78 percent passage rate.

The School Boards Association said even the override attempts, though, fared better this year than last year: In 2015, overrides had a 61 percent passage rate.

RESULTS: WNY School Budget Vote Results

The average budget passage rate since 1969 is 85 percent, the group said, but it has averaged 96 percent over the last five years -- since the cap has been in place.

Schools proposed an average tax levy increase of 0.7 percent for 2016-17 school year, which starts July 1.
For districts whose budget failed, they can seek a second vote on June 21.