Zero Tax Cap
More pressing than ever with a 0.12% tax cap looming over our school districts!
Our ‘Tax Cap Caution Video’ demonstrates the devastation caused by the Governor’s tax cap.
You can help by:
A) Posting the video to your district website with a message urging folks to contact state legislators that represent your school district.
B) Forwarding the links below to colleagues and concerned parties.
C) Sharing the video with your community and district stakeholders (for example: your Board of Education, PTA, booster clubs, chamber of commerce, local newspaper)…urging them to post it on their website and to also contact their state legislators.
copy and forward links below:
-YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGOt9yyQR6A
-Download link: https://files.me.com/billkeeler1/upb9rl.mov
NEW DATA AND PRESENTATION (updated March 21, 2012)
JUST HOW MUCH HAS YOUR DISTRICT LOST?
Here’s new data and an example presentation that you can use to show your public and legislators just how much your district has lost over the last few years.
Read the summary and description here
Download the data here.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Dr. Rick Timbs has added new Data that you can utilize here from the website. We have analyzed the Governor’s Executive Budget Proposal’s impact on school districts and have suggestions for improvements- critically needed improvements.
It must be clear that their continued advocacy effort hinge, in part, on these data. We continue to press for the legislators to convince the Governor that every penny of the $250 million of Performance Grant monies be reallocated for distribution to fiscally distressed low and average wealth school districts across the state in an equitable formula.
Item 1: Executive Summary of Graphs Demonstrating the Effect of the Proposed 2012 Executive Budget - click here
This is a written explanation of the effects of the proposed 2012 Executive Budget. It includes what works and what still needs improvement.
Item 2: Distribution and Impact Graphs with Notes on Graphs- click here
This is prepared for your use so that an audience will be able to see our conclusions as they view the graph
Item 3: Distribution and Impact Graphs with Notes - click here
This is prepared for you to use so that an audience will have handouts and can make notes, as needed
LEGISLATIVE TOOLKIT View our Legislative Toolkit - click here
MIKE FORD AND SUPERINTENDENTS MAKE PRESENTATION TO THE MEDIA>view
Loss of State Aid Map Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2% Tax Cap and cuts in aid has placed many school districts in jeopardy. The inequitable distribution of aid and the lack of promised mandate relief, places a burden on students. This map of NYS shows which area’s are hit hardest and the per-pupil loss in State Aid across the state. click here to view map
Create Your Own ‘Tale of Two Districts’
Click here for helpful tools and create a presentation customized for your district.
Erie County Association of School Boards Legislative Presentation – Feb 12, 2011
Click here for presentation tools
FACTOIDS 2010 - click here to view
An Interactive Tax Cap Spreadsheet
Download Interactive Tax Cap Spreadsheet click here
(This worksheet displays the potential impact of a Tax Cap on any school district’s Budget and 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 in your own district. The results will be revealing.)
Highlights of the Actual Impact of a 2% School Property Tax Cap
A school property tax cap would not have the same impact on every school district in the state and would be much more harmful to low-wealth school districts. No school district in the state would actually be able to increase spending by the full 2% cap. The highest percentage spending increase would be closer to 1.9% More than half of the school districts in the state would be limited to spending increases of less than 1%. The poorest one hundred school districts in the state would be limited to spending increases each year of less than one-half of one percent, with the average being 4/10 of 1%.
The wealthiest one hundred school districts in the state would be permitted to increase their spending the most, ranging from 1.6% to 1.9%. The average being 1.7%, more than 4 times the spending increase possible for the 100 poorest districts.
Data Sets and Models School Districts Should Examine for
Fiscal Survival POTENTIAL IMPACT OF TAX CAP:
SSFC STUDY: If tax cap was in place for 2011-2012 vote and budget limits for 2012-13 PDF 1.1 MB
Average and below average districts will be hurt!
Tax cap…2%…low to high
A look ahead to the budget increase possible for each district should a 2% tax cap become law from the lowest increases for districts to the highest. >link
***Read an urgent message from Rick Timbs regarding the Tax Cap [click]
Read the May 25, 2011 SSFC press release & see our video that details serious consequences in New York State if a 2% property tax cap is enacted: [Click here]
***Sample Letter that can be used to show the plight of rural NY schools