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HOW WILL SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS COPE WITH THE 2% PROPERTY TAX CAP?
Statewide School Finance Consortium Executive Director Dr. Rick Timbs is helping to keep the issue alive in the media.

"How does the state have the expertise to tell local school districts how to raise their money?" Timbs said in a story in The Buffalo News July 5. To read the story click here.

Timbs also discussed ramifications of the tax cap for Upstate schools on “The Capitol Pressroom’’ and “The Capitol Report’’ with WCNY (Syracuse) Capitol correspondent Susan Arbetter.

To listen to a podcast of “The Capitol Pressroom,’’ click here. To watch the “The Capitol Report,’’ click here.

Also:

  • Officials of the Whitehall school district say the tax cap is going to be “brutal.’’ To read a story from the Glens Falls Post-Star, click here.

  • Moody’s report raises tax cap concerns (Gannett news service). Especially hard-hit will be Monroe and Rockland counties. To read the article click here.


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A 2% PROPERTY TAX CAP IN NEW YORK: NOW WHAT?


Thank you to the school districts who posted the SSFC property tax cap video (see below) on their websites…and to all who spoke out in opposition of the measure, contacted their state legislators, wrote letters to the editor and shared our video and district-by-district analysis with parents, teachers and other interested stakeholders and parties.


While the 2% property tax cap will become law in New York State, we cannot bury the issue – and what it means to schools – just yet. Especially for our low-wealth, high-need and rural districts.

 

What does 2% property tax cap actually mean going forward into the 2011-2012 school year? We are currently analyzing the new law’s language and provisions and will provide a full report when our review has been completed.


Feel free to contact us with any questions. The vote is over, but let’s keep the dialogue alive.


> THE CAPITOL PRESSROOM, JUNE 30: Dr. Rick Timbs and out-going Syracuse City Schools Superintendent Daniel Lowengard discuss New York’s new tax cap with WCNY Capitol correspondent Susan Arbetter, as well as the other As Yet Unresolved issues facing schools this calendar year, including teacher evaluations and Race to the Top. Click here to listen to the interview.

> Interactive Tax Cap Spreadsheet [Click here to download file]

This worksheet displays the potential impact of a Tax Cap on any school district’s Budget and Property Tax Levy. It will help readers realize the severity of the proposed Tax Cap on a district’s ability to fund and maintain programs and staff. Try it out on your own district. The results will be revealing.

> View our video [see below]  

 

> View Press Release [View]

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DESPITE TAX CAP & OTHER SETBACKS THE FIGHT FOR AID EQUITY CONTINUES

 

 

Young people in low-wealth communities are seeing their right to a sound, basic education eviscerated as a result of political expediency...

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