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Realities of Governor’s Proposed Budget. State Aid cuts across the State are NOT Equitable. Our Situation. Fort Plain Central School’s state aid will be reduced by $861,477 in the Governor’s proposal. State Aid Cuts are not Equable. Other Districts are seeing the same inequities.

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Realities of governor s proposed budget

Realities of Governor’s Proposed Budget

State Aid cuts across the State are

NOT Equitable


Our situation
Our Situation

  • Fort Plain Central School’s state aid will be reduced by $861,477 in the Governor’s proposal.





How did this happen
How Did This Happen?

  • Governor Coumo believes districts;

    -can use their money in reserve or fund balances to offset this cut

    -can raise taxes in order to maintain programs and staffing levels


The governor s beliefs are wrong
The Governor’s beliefs are wrong

  • Combined Wealth Ratio

    (.5 Property + .5 Income) = CWR

    Average Wealth = 1.0

    Fort Plain Central School

    CWR= 0.32

    Island Park UFSD Southold USFD

    CWR= 2.26 CWR= 2.91



Who can correct this problem
Who can correct this problem?

  • NOT our Board of Education

  • NOT our Administrators

  • NOT our Teachers

  • NOT our Unions

  • YOUR LEGISLATORS CAN –by voting “NO” on the Governor’s proposed budget


What can you do
What can you do?

  • During the next two weeks, our Legislators will start voting on the budget bills.

  • Contact your Legislators!

  • Tell them you want to see equity in State Aid cuts.


Call write e mail or go see
Call, Write, E-mail or Go See

  • Senator Farley

    2430 Riverfront Center

    Amsterdam, NY 12010

    (518) 843-2188

  • Assemblyman Amedore

    1170 Riverfront Center Amsterdam, NY 12010 (518) 843-0227

    www.assembly.state.ny.us

    www.nysenate.gov


What are you going to do
What are you going to do….

  • S.O.S.-----Save Our Schools

  • Write a letter:

  • Senator Farley-

  • I am writing to ask you to vote 'no' on the Governor's proposed state budget because it is inherently unfair to poor school districts. For example, Fort Plain Central Schools has a combined wealth ratio of .32 -- well below the state’s established minimum (or “floor”) income wealth index of .65. This means our school aid is calculated as if we have more resources than we actually have -- further punishing local taxpayers and children who have it hard enough without the added burden of flawed mathematics at the state level.  We need to know that you understand these equations and their impacts, and that you are taking meaningful steps to correct them.  I look forward to your reply and I will be sharing it with our residents at upcoming town and school board meetings.

  • Thank you in advance for helping craft an equitable system for sharing state aid between all school districts.

  • Todd McFee, President

  • Fort Plain Central School District


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