New York State School Boards Association

Call to Action: Reform the Tax Cap

February 12, 2016


The 2016 budget process is more complicated than ever, in part because the 0.12% growth factor in the calculation of district tax caps will allow virtually no growth in district tax levies without supermajority approval.

Moderate changes to the calculation of the school district property tax cap would provide districts with much needed relief. Take Action Now

Send the above letter today and tell your legislators you support:

  • Making the allowable growth factor a consistent two percent (A.9026, Schimel)
  • Counting BOCES capital costs in the capital exclusion (A.9183, Galef / S.6640, Murphy)
  • Including PILOT properties in the tax base growth factor (A.3611, Morelle / S.1151, O’Mara)
  • Preventing negative tax cap limits
  • Accounting for enrollment growth in the tax cap calculation
  • Redesigning the budget ballot so that any proposal beyond the capped levy amount is advanced as a separate proposition requiring simple majority approval

To view NYSSBA’s Memorandums of Support and other resources on this issue visit our Key Issues website below:

NSBA ESSA Initial Implementation Guide

The National School Boards Association has released an initial implementation guide related to the Every Student Succeeds Act.  This guide will provide districts with initial analysis and a summary of the law.

View below NSBA’s Initial Implementation Guide for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):

Connect, Engage, Act: 2016 Capital Conference

Later this month, school board members from around the state will converge in Albany to meet with elected officials as a part of our Capital Conference. Join us and hear from New York State's new Deputy Secretary of Education, Jere Hochman.

On Sunday evening, Dr. Hochman will share his perspective on major policy matters before the Governor and state legislature. Hear his thoughtful approach and learn about his commitment to our public schools.

Drawing from four decades of experience in public education, first as an English teacher, then as a principal and most recently as superintendent at the Bedford Central School District, he understands the challenges facing our schools today.

Call your legislators and schedule your appointments for February 29th today!

Register for the Conference below.

NYSSBA is here to serve you. Please reach out to the Governmental Relations team with any questions at 518-783-0200; and keep up to date on all the emerging issues in Albany by visiting our Key Issues site below:

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