On Board Online • October 13, 2014
Charles K. Trainor
Just in time for Halloween – and just before November elections – taxpayers across the state are getting rebates that are part of New York’s version of “trick or treat.”
The treat is a tax credit, averaging $300, that rewards each taxpayer who is eligible for the state School Tax Relief Program (STAR) and resides in a school district whose current budget did not exceed the state tax cap – a law that requires supermajority approval before a school district and other local governments can raise their tax levies more than 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.
The “trick” is being played on local school districts, which have long sought operational efficiencies. This school year they will be required to develop an efficiency plan that will undergo a review at the state level. Districts are being required to offer a credible plan with savings equal to 1 percent of the annual tax levy for each of three school years – 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. Failure to do that will mean taxpayers won’t get rebates due in the fall of 2015.Read the entire article>>
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|SUNY POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE & NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION PRESENT THREE SCHOOLS WITH INNOVATION AWARDS IN STATEWIDE COMPETITION|
FOR RELEASE: October 2, 2014
Contact: Al Marlin, NYSSBA
Albany, NY – Furthering Governor Andrew Cuomo’s high-tech educational paradigm as it prepares New York State’s students for opportunities in growing industries such as nanotechnology, three school districts have received “Be the Change for Kids” Innovation Awards for their novel approaches to science, technology, engineering, and math-related (STEM) programs. The competition—now in its third consecutive year—is presented by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly).
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