Want to learn more about some of the biggest challenges that schools throughout New York state are facing? Read through or download these fact sheets (PDF) below.
THE 3 TAX LEVY NUMBERS: Explains the different tax levy figures that schools will be talking about again this year.
TAX LEVY LIMIT FORMULA: Provides an annotated explanation of the tax levy “cap” formula.
GAP ELIMINATION ADJUSTMENT: Explains the GEA and its effect on the MCS budget.
CONTINGENT BUDGETS: Explains the kind of budgets (i.e., with a 0 percent tax levy increase) that school districts must pass if their proposed budgets are voted down.
STAR: Explains STAR, the School TAx Relief program launched in New York state in 1998-99.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR TAX BILL: includes a sample school tax bill with key sections defined, as well as an explanation of equalization rates and how they impact school taxes.
PROPOSED STATE AID FOR MARCELLUS CSD: NYSCOSS spreadsheet showing the effect of state aid cuts and GEA on Marcellus.