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SSFC study - A tax cap will be very HARMFUL to average wealth and below average wealth school districts

New York State is imposing a 2% tax cap which places an unfair burden on smaller and poorer school districts across the state. Watch this video [below] to get the facts on the implications of the tax cap and view our suggestions for a solution in New York. [Download as QuickTime Movie 17 MB] 


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Read the SSFC press release that details serious consequences in New York State if a 2% property tax cap is enacted

Read SSFC Press Release

Impact of Potential Tax Cap on School Funding:

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SSFC Studies

 

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IMPACT of 2011-2012 education cuts

Compare District by District Cuts as Percentage of Budget (2011)

This chart shows the state aid cuts as a percentage of each school district’s total budget and levy.  The inequities are obvious, as the cuts fall most heavily on lower-wealth, heavily aid dependent districts in every region. [See chart and read more...]

AID CUTS, TAX INCREASES & BUDGETS:
THEY’RE ALL RELATED!

Click on chart to find out how.

NEW UPDATES

 
Cuts Per Student
How Your District Would Do with the Enacted State Aid Cuts

Updated April 2011. Data is provided by district, by county.


   UPDATED!

View Distribution of
Enacted state aid cuts

The Inequities are obvious

Attention Members!

* Legislative Toolkit Samples from other Districts  [Click HERE to view]

* READ: School District Numbers Point to Looming Crisis [Factoids]

Learn more about:

A COUNTY BY COUNTY LOOK
AT PER-PUPIL LOSS IN STATE AID

Map

Click on Map to view and/or download

SSFC 4 Point Plan - New York State can no longer pass the buck
[Read more....]


Many solutions exist with school funding - we highlight 4 to start helping school budgets

1. The State must freeze wages for all public school employees when state aid is frozen or reduced.
2. The State must cap the amount a school district can spend on health insurance and require employees to pay a larger share of their health insurance costs.
3. The State must enact a new major pension reform and require public employees to contribute significantly more toward their pensions.
4. The State must reduce the costs of special education by bringing New York’s regulations into conformance with federal guidelines.

A TALE OF TWO DISTRICTS
This presentation was prepared by Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Superintendent Norm Reed to illustrate the inequities in Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget.  It compares his school district with a school district on Long Island represented by NYS Senator John Flanagan, Chair of the Senate’s Education Committee.
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URGENT! THERE IS STILL TIME TO ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE TAX CAP DEBATE!

 

The Governor and State Legislature are moving rapidly to pass the 2% Property Tax Cap legislation! Many New Yorkers who care about public education and know that the cap will harm our schools are speaking out in opposition.


Since its release, the SSFC tax cap video [see below] has been posted to several school district and stakeholder websites and distributed directly to many other key contacts. We’ve gotten off to a good start but we all need to RAMP UP our efforts and TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY. (Click here to see a great example of advocacy outreach undertaken by the Ilion School District.)

 

Click here to learn how you can help in this effort. It won’t take you a lot of time, but it is critically important that our Upstate school districts stand up and be counted in this debate.

> Sample letter for you to use with your legislators [View and download]
> Contact your legislators NYS Senate | NYS Assembly
> NEW! Interactive Tax Cap Spreadsheet [Download file to open]

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]

 

Other SSFC School Districts Speaking Out on the Tax Cap:

Ilion Central School District [view]

Mohonasen Central School District [view]

Educational Challenges: Fredonia superintendent expresses reservations on tax cap - ObserverToday.com [Read article]

Editorial: Tax Cap would harm schools - The Watertown Daily Times [VIEW]

Schools: Tax cap could make problems - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow [Read Article]

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