New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: BOCES Capital Exclusion


November 20, 2018

Earlier this year, the legislature passed a bill that, if enacted, would make a targeted adjustment to the state's property tax cap by incorporating a school district's BOCES capital expenditures as part of its capital exclusion. Currently, only district capital expenditures are excluded from the tax cap calculation, despite the fact that BOCES are wholly dependent on their component districts for funding.

Similar legislation was passed in 2017, but was vetoed by the Governor who cited concerns that some BOCES capital projects are not directly approved by the voters and can present unintended consequences to the taxpayer.

The updated legislation, S. 7730 (Murphy) / A.9825 (Galef), addresses the concern about voter approval by limiting the exclusion to those BOCES capital projects directly approved by the voters.

NYSSBA is asking for your help in urging the governor to sign this bill. There are multiple ways you can assist.

First: You can sign on to the Take Action letter.

Second: Your board can send a letter to the Governor and "cc:" NYSSBA. Sample letters are below.

NYSSBA's memorandum in support of this bill and letter to the Governor can be accessed below. We have also included the Governor's 2017 veto message for reference.


TRS Releases Employer Contribution Rate Estimate

Last week, the New York State Teachers' Retirement System (NYSTRS) released an estimated employer contribution rate (ECR) for fiscal year 2019-2020. The rate estimate is between 8.5% and 9.5% of member payroll. An updated estimate for the ECR will be provided in February.

Assuming the final rate for 2019-20 remains in line with this estimate, this will result in an overall rate decrease from the 2018-19 rate of 10.62%.

*NOTE: An earlier alert inadvertently referred to the change in rate as an increase.

Additional information, including historic employer contribution rates (ECR) is available below.


2019 Legislative Priorities Webinar

The NYSSBA Governmental Relations team will be hosting their annual Legislative Priorities webinar on Thursday, December 13th from 12:00p.m. - 1:30p.m. The team will provide an analysis of the recent mid-term election results and will be reviewing NYSSBA's legislative priorities and insights on the upcoming legislative session.

Registration for the webinar can be accessed below.


NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will continue to report on these and other issues. For more information, visit our Key Issues Page.


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