Advocacy Alert: Senate Introduces Tax Cap Amendments
June 10, 2016
This week, the Senate introduced legislation that, if enacted, would implement three NYSSBA supported changes to the current tax cap. S.8049 would:
- Exempt BOCES capital costs from the tax levy limit
- Include properties under PILOT agreements in the tax base growth factor
- Limit the impact of voter-submitted propositions on the school budget vote
Tell your legislators that you support these and other proposals that would amend the tax cap including:
- Making the allowable growth factor a consistent two percent (A.9026, Schimel)
- Counting BOCES capital costs in the capital exclusion (S.6640, Murphy / A.9183, Galef)
- Including PILOT properties in the tax base growth factor (S.1151-B, O’Mara and A.3611-A, Morelle)
- Preventing negative tax cap limits (S.7178-A, Seward / A9792, Lupardo))
- Redesigning the tax cap override process (S.5877-A, Croci / A.8136-A, Thiele)
- Accounting for enrollment growth in the tax cap calculation
Additional information regarding NYSSBA’s Advocacy on the Tax Cap can be viewed below.
In addition, this week the Educational Conference Board released a series of tax cap reform recommendations. The ECB materials can be viewed below.
Governor Signs BOCES Vacancy Legislation
Governor Cuomo has signed NYSSBA supported legislation that would allow BOCES to fill vacancies through appointment rather than being forced to hold a special election.
Enactment of this legislation achieves a NYSSBA position statement adopted in 2013.
NYSSBA’s memorandum in support can be viewed below.
- Memorandum of Support to S.3014-A (Young)/A.1407-B (Paulin) – Filling Vacancies on Boards of Cooperative Educational Services
- Sponsor’s Memo and Bill Text S.3014-A/A.1407-B
Registration for End of Session Wrap Up Webinar is Open
When the legislative session ends, join NYSSBA Governmental Relations staff to hear what did, and did not happen in the final days. NYSSBA will host a webinar on Thursday June 23. Register today!
NYSSBA’s Governmental Relations team will continue to update you on these and other issues. For more information, visit our Key Issues Page, and be sure to follow NYSSBA on Facebook and Twitter.
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