School Tax Issues

Issues with Our School System and School Taxes

Tax Going Up Above Inflation Rate

Fed/State Unfunded Mandates

Inequitable Tax Burden

Law/Union Protected Tenure/Benefits

Quality of Education Going Down

Inequitable Salary Scale

Laws Escalating Cost of Education

Expensive Entitlement Programs

Inequitable School Aid

Current School Budget Is Funded by Property Tax and State Aid
Approximately A School Budget is 75% for Salary & Benefits and 25% for Others Including Unfunded Mandates
Per Pupil Spending in New York State Ranging $8000 to $45,000 among All School Districts
Constitutional Guaranteed Pension Requires No Teachers' Contribution after A few Years

Unfunded Mandate (UM) Versus Major Cost (MC) Increase for Education

  • UM: New Teacher Mentor ~ 0.015% of $100M School Budget, exclude $50M Capital

  • UM: Automatic Defibrillators ~ 0.016% of school Budget (         $16K)   

  • UM: SAVE, Finger Printing Etc ~ 0.0054% .................. (         $5.4K)

  • UM: Auditing Requirement ~ 0.026% ........................... (         $26K)

  • UM: No Child Left Behind ~ 1.46%    *Rough Guess......(       $1.46M)

  • UM: Transportation to Private School ~ 0.99% ............. (       $990K)

  • MC&UM: Special Needs Unreimbursed by IDEA ~12% (        $12M)

  • MC: Pension Guaranteed by Law ~ 3.51% ....................(      $3.51M)

  • MC: Healthcare Premium, ~$4900/family, ~ 2.9% ........(       $2.9M)

  • MC: Wick's Law Impact ~ 20% Construction Cost (Capital)....($10M)

Messages for Citizens and Legislators

  • Focus on the Big Ticket, Wick's Law, Pension Reform, Healthcare & Special Needs

  • Explore Equitable Tax System To Support Public Schools (Property Tax Replaceable?)

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