School District Budget
2019-20 BUDGET DEVELOPMENT
Governor unveils executive budget; Arkport faces initial gap of $55,000
On Jan. 15, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal that included a $956 million school aid increase for 2019-20. The bulk of the governor’s proposed increase is in two major categories: $338 million in additional Foundation Aid, which is the primary source of funding for everyday school operations, and $619.7 million to reimburse districts for designated expenses such as transportation, construction and BOCES services.
The unveiling of the executive budget proposal formally begins budget negotiations between the governor and the New York State Legislature, with a final state budget due on or before April 1.
The executive budget shows Arkport next year receiving a total state aid allocation of $7,238,077, which represents an increase of $678,135 or 10.3 percent over this year. More than a third of that increase (over 36 percent) would come in the form of expense-driven aids, which are reimbursements for money the district already spent on BOCES services, transportation and building projects. The governor proposes to increase Arkport’s foundation aid to pay for everyday school operations by $68,762 – or 1.5 percent.
Because a less-than-2-percent bump in aid for everyday school operations will not cover the increased costs associated with providing an education in Arkport, including contract salaries and employee benefits, the district faces an initial budget gap of about $55,000. The district will be exploring several options to realize savings, including reducing some BOCES services and possibly leasing instead of owning school buses.
The budget picture will come into sharper focus after the district learns more about its employee health insurance costs and the finalized state aids figures for next year.
The school district’s property tax levy limit is 2.48 percent. This is the highest increase in local property taxes that can be approved by a simple majority of voters. Anything higher would require approval by a supermajority, or at least 60 percent of ballots cast. The annual school district budget vote and Board of Education election is Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
The state’s Property Tax Cap law would become permanent under the governor’s plan. Adopted in 2011, the law limits growth of local property taxes, including those for local school districts, to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. Final tax levy limits for school district are also subject to a number of variables.
- Approved budget: $10,895,722
- Spending increase: $234,370 (or 2.2%)
- Estimated school tax levy increase: $61,307 (or 1.75%)
BUDGET HISTORY AT A GLANCE:
- Total budget: $10,661,352
- Tax levy increase: 1.74%
- Budget-to-budget change: 3.06%
- Total budget: $10,344,506
- Tax levy increase: 2.4%
- Budget-to-budget change: -2.2%
- Total budget: $10,582,207
- Tax levy increase: 1.35%
- Budget-to-budget change: -0.51%
2018-19 Budget News
On May 15, Arkport Central School District voters approved the district’s $10.9 million 2018-19 budget proposal, elected a new Board of Education member, passed a proposition to buy two new school vehicles and approved the creation of four reserve accounts.
Because no candidates filed nominating petitions with the district clerk by the deadline, the write-in candidate with the most votes will win the open seat.
Tuesday, May 15, is School Budget Vote Day. Residents will consider a $10.9 million spending proposal and elect one Board of Education member.
On Tuesday, Jan. 16, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented an executive state budget proposal that includes a $769 million increase in overall funding for school operations in the 2018-19 school year. Under the governor’s proposal, total school aid for 2018-19 would be $26.4 billion, which represents a statewide increase of 3 percent.
2017-18 Budget News
Arkport Central School District voters today approved the district’s $10.7 million 2017-18 budget proposal, elected a new Board of Education member and passed a proposition to buy two new school buses.
On Tuesday, May 16, Arkport Central School District residents will vote on a $10,661,352 proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year. The budget calls for a 3.06 percent increase in spending over 2016-17 and carries a 1.74 percent tax levy increase, which is below the maximum increase allowed for the district under the state’s tax levy limit law.
On Wednesday, April 5, the Arkport Board of Education adopted a $10,661,353 proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year. The budget calls for a 3.06 percent increase in spending over 2016-17 and carries a 1.74 percent tax levy increase.