Bidders Guide Special Budget Report

Bidders Guide Special Budget Report

New York has passed their budget to the tune of $168 billion for fiscal year 2019.  Once the State Budget is passed it has a ripple effect through out the state as local municipalities & schools start announcing their plans & budgets.

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Here are a few news reports on budget votes and announcements.

Pittsford NY – Pittsford School District is trying to expand their kindergarten to a full day and have found that they are having trouble raising the funds needed to expand.  The State Budget puts a cap on aid by using the average income of residents.  Once it goes above State Aid is capped.

Here is what the Democrat & Chronicle reported on March 29th
Will Pittsford offer full-day kindergarten in 2018? State budget to decide

Nobody in Pittsford is more on edge waiting for lawmakers in Albany to finalize the state budget for the new fiscal year than the parents of 5-year-olds or the schools superintendent, at the very least.

State officials have spent the past week crunching numbers behind closed doors to determine where to allot more than $160 billion, which could serve to fund everything from medicaid to property tax relief, but the focus in Pittsford is set on school aid, which the district is asking for to help implement full-day kindergarten during the 2018-19 school year.

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The Daily Freeman Reported the Ulster County BOCES Administrative Budget

Port Ewen, N.Y.  – The State Budget changed how retiree costs are now reported and they needed to move the costs to their Administrative Budget with a whopping 36% increase from the year before.  The Administrative part of the BOCES budget must be approved by the school boards that use their services.  The rest of their budget comes from the school districts fees for services.

The Daily Freeman news report on the Ulster County BOCES Administrative Budget
Ulster County BOCES administrative budget proposed at $5.57 million

PORT EWEN, N.Y. – Ulster County BOCES is asking its eight components school districts to approve a $5.57 million administrative budget carrying a 36.16 percent increase of $1.48 million.

Voting by the school boards will be on April 18.

The administrative spending plan is part of an overall $55.47 million proposed budget, representing a 16.82 percent decrease of $11.21 million.

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PORT BYRON – Announced they would override the State Budget Tax Cap of 2.7%.  The state allows Towns & school districts to go over the tax cap but it can have negative effect on local taxpayers.  For example if a school district goes over, the local taxpayers do not receive a refund from the state.

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Port Byron village board votes to approve budget

PORT BYRON — Following a public hearing, the village of Port Byron unanimously voted to approve the proposed budget of $803,571 for the June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 fiscal year during a regular meeting on Monday.

The proposed budget’s total appropriations are $34,341 higher than last year’s budget of $769,230. The amount of the budget to be raised by taxes for 2018-2019 is $313,266, up from last year’s tax levy of $300,766, with a plan to override the state-imposed tax cap. The salary for Mayor Ronald Wilson, $5,000, and the salaries for each of the four trustees, $2,000, remains unchanged.

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Times Telegram report on Health Insurance Budget Concerns

Health Insurance as in most budgets are a main cost to running any organization.  One of the main issues is union contract benefits.  Many School Districts signed contracts that did not give much in pay raises but a lot of promises for future things like paying for health insurance for retirees.

Health insurance biggest contributor to BOCES budget increase

HERKIMER — The proposed Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES budget for the 2018-19 school year shows a slight overall increase between its administrative and capital budgets, with the biggest increase coming under health insurance.

The overall proposed BOCES budget of $4,840,258 is split into two budgets: administrative and capital. The total proposed administrative budget for the 2018-19 school year is $2,918,043 — an increase of 2.64 percent — and total proposed capital budget is $1,922,215.

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See our Special Project Report on Budgets around the state here.

Until Next Time!