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Area Districts Learn Of 1.25% Tax Cap For 2017-18 School Year

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Thomas DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli informed local school districts that the property tax levies for next school year, 2017-18, will be capped at 1.26%.

It’s the fourth straight year the cap is below 2%.

DiNapoli acknowledges the challenge faced by districts here and across the state.

WXHC asked area superintendents of schools for reaction.

Homer Superintendent of Schools Nancy Ruscio, and the Director of Business and Finance, Michael Falls, offered reaction. Ruscio pointed out the amount of state aid to the district hasn’t been determined yet, so there’s more work to be done.

The superintendent at the McGraw School District, Melissa McCool shared the following statement:

“I was fortunate to come to a school district in July 2016 that has been fiscally responsible and maintained quality programming throughout some tough budget cycles.  Each year the district reassesses the needs to maintain and grow our student programs through committee work and administrative team meetings.  With a slight declining enrollment and expected staffing changes through the retirement of some exceptional faculty members, we are again looking for adjustments and realignment of staff to best meet our current needs.  McGraw will be implementing a Pre-kindergarten classroom in the elementary school for the 2017-18 school year.  Planning for this change and keeping our budgets within the tax cap is a responsibility that we take seriously for our community members.”

Melinda McCool
McGraw Central School

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