FOR RELEASE: April 3, 2017
CONTACT: David Albert
The state budget extender generates uncertainty for school districts.
School board members understand that without a final budget deal, a state budget extender is necessary to ensure that state government keeps functioning. However, school boards must adopt budget proposals this year by April 21 and submit property tax levy data to the state by April 24, in preparation for the May 16 public budget vote.
As it appears now, school districts may be proposing budgets without knowing how much revenue they will receive from the state in 2017-18.
Without an enacted state budget, school boards will have to make various assumptions about their state aid. That could result in decisions to override the tax cap, or to cut educational programs.
Under any scenario, these are not optimal budget conditions.
We urge the Executive and Legislature to finalize state aid to education as quickly as possible so schools, parents, taxpayers and students can plan accordingly for the 2017-18 school year.