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NYSSBA says only a few districts plan to exceed tax cap

May 24, 2020 5:30 am
Susan Arbetter is reporting for Spectrum News the school budget vote will be conducted by mail-in ballot on June 9, according to an executive order signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. A recent survey of 50 school districts by the New York State School Boards' Association found that most of those districts will stay within the 2 percent tax cap. Four districts will not. They include Rensselaer, Fort Edward, Johnstown, and Wyandanch. It is not clear what will happen if voters in those communities reject the spending plans. “The executive order was silent on re-votes,” said Robert Schneider, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association. “So we point to education law, which will allow a district to put a re-vote up for the community.” Re-votes will cost the very communities that can least afford it more money. “As you know, it’s an absentee ballot scenario for all qualified voters, and if a district goes to revote, then they’re going to have to pay for additional postage costs and printing costs,” Schneider said. The school budget process is especially fraught with uncertainty this year. At the end of April, Cuomo warned that state school aid could be cut by 20 percent, the equivalent of $6 billion out of an almost $30 billion school aid budget. With little more than two weeks before the budget vote, those cuts have yet to be announced. Read the full story at spectrumnews [dot] com.