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Mexico Academy & Central School CSD. 2012-2013 Budget Proposal MISSION STATEMENT

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mexico academy central school csd
Mexico Academy & Central School CSD

2012-2013 Budget Proposal


We will support student achievement by developing and sustaining exemplary educational experiences; creating and maintaining an environment that supports learning and embraces individuality; engaging in professional development that drives good instruction; and connecting with our larger community to present opportunities for adult involvement in the educational process.

budgetary goals
Budgetary Goals
  • Preserve all Academic Programs;
  • Ensure a high-quality education that prepares our students for the 21st Century;
  • Maintain our Fine Arts and Interscholastic Programs;
  • Ensure the health and safety of students and staff;
  • Ensure long-term fiscal stability (via five-year financial plan);
  • Provide a responsible, stable tax increase to our community.
  • Unfunded/Underfunded Mandates:
    • While mandates increase accountability and in many cases improve educational quality, they can also limit flexibility and impact how districts spend money. Essentially, increasing the cost of operating a school district in New York State;
  • Examples:
    • Retirement system contributions are State-mandated;
    • Salaries & benefits are legally-binding contractual obligations;
    • Special Education Costs (i.e. Individualized Education Plans)
    • Common Core Standards adoption, implementation and realignment of existing curriculum.
    • Annual Professional Performance Reviews for teachers and principals, including the creation of a district APPR plan
    • Transportation Costs (i.e. students with disabilities, private and parochial)
    • Numerous plans and reporting requirements (approximately 150 per year)
    • And Many, Many More…View the list at
impact of current economic climate
Impact of Current Economic Climate
  • Rising prices of commodities (energy, supplies and materials)
  • Implementation of the NEW Property Tax Cap Legislation
  • Elimination of Federal Grant Opportunities for 2012-2013 school year(ARRA)
about the cost
About The Cost…

Mandated Budget Items


Contractual Obligations


Majority of Budget Spending

expenditure highlights
Expenditure Highlights
  • Reduced staffing totaling approximately $650,000 in savings
        • 8.7 FTE Instructional
        • 2.0 FTE Non-Instructional
        • Second-Year effort to right-size staffing requirements to match enrollment trends and course elective needs
  • Co-curricular stipends remain at 2011-2012 levels;
  • Continue to fund high school Nova Net summer program and ASAP middle school program;
  • Funding to support NEW Community Recreation Program;
  • Utilize cost-savings initiatives to contain costs:
        • Competitive bidding for insurances and professional services
        • Transportation re-routing efficiencies
        • Securing cost effective interest rates on borrowing
three component budget
Three-Component Budget

The State legislation which requires the state’s school districts to have a public budget vote, includes the requirement that the budget be divided up into three components: program, capital, and administration.

  • Program Budget: This portion covers teacher salaries, school supplies, and all related educational costs.
  • Capital Budget: Refers to all facilities costs such as leases, annual debt service, custodial salaries and benefits, service contracts, custodial supplies, maintenance and repair of facilities, and utilities.
  • Administration Budget: This section includes central administration and school offices, along with clerical support, salaries and benefits, and related expenses of all school administrators, board of education expenses for planning, and other administrative activities.
revenue sources

Where does our money come from?

property tax cap
Property tax cap

What is this NEW Property Tax Cap Law all about?

total levy to support proposed budget
Total Levy to Support Proposed Budget



Coming School Year Exclusions



(requiring a simple majority vote 50% +1)

tax levy limit
Tax levy limit

Tax Levy Limit

Prior Year Tax Levy


Tax Base Growth Factor


PILOTs (Prior Year)


Prior Year Exemptions (Not ERS & TRS)


Adjusted Prior Year Tax Levy


Allowable Levy Growth Factor (lesser of 2% or CPI)


PILOTs (receivable in coming year)


Allowable Carryover



coming school year exclusions
Coming School Year Exclusions
  • The pension cost exemption applies onlywhen ERS and/or TRS employer contribution rates increase by more than 2 percentage points over the prior year.
    • ERS Costs = Tax levy necessary for expenditures for coming school year for employer contributions caused by growth in the system average actuarial contribution rate, minus two percentage points. (2.6% increase, .6% excludable portion=.006 X $5,073,666.67 = $30,442 (Exempt Amount)
  • TRS Costs = Tax levy necessary for expenditures for coming school year for employer contributions caused by growth in the normal contribution rate, minus two percentage points (No exemption for 2012-2013)

Exemption = % over 2% X Salary Base = Exempt Amount

coming school year exclusions1
Coming school year exclusions
  • Capital Tax Levy = Tax levy necessary to support capital local expenditures
  • Capital Local Expenditures = The tax levy associated with budgeted expenditures resulting from the construction, acquisition, reconstruction, rehabilitation or improvement of school district capital facilities or capital equipment, including debt service and lease expenditures, and transportation capital debt service.

Exemption: Aid – Expense = Exemption

For 2012-2013: $3,397,058 - $3,443,132 = $46,074 Exemption★

maximum allowable levy
Maximum allowable levy

Tax Levy Limit


Coming Year Exclusions

what will the voter threshold be
What will the voter threshold be?

2012-2013 Proposed Levy


Maximum Allowable Levy

2012-2013 Tax Levy Limit


Coming Year Exclusions


2012-2013 Maximum Allowable Levy

2012-13 Proposed Budgetless Estimated State Aid less Appropriated Fund Balance & Reserves

less Other Revenues_______________________________

2012-13 Proposed Tax Levy

  • $47,100,000 Proposed 2012-2013 Budget
  • $22,314,951 Estimated State Aid
  • $ 605,000 Appropriated Fund Balance & Reserves
  • $ 461,000 Other Revenue
  • ________________________________________________
  • $23,719,049 PROPOSED LEVY for 2012-2013
  • 2.68%

$23,649,179 Tax Levy Limit



Coming Year Exclusions


$23,725,695 2.71%

Maximum Allowable Levy

re cap
  • The Proposed 2012-2013 Levy is BELOW the Maximum Allowable Levy (2.68% vs. 2.71%)
  • Voter Approval Requires a Simple Majority Vote (50% +1)
what does the budget support
What Does the Budget Support?
  • Supports all Music & Art Programs
  • Maintains all Sports Teams & Events
  • Maintains all Extra-Curricular Activities & Clubs
  • Provides Free Community Use of Buildings
  • Supports Professional Development for staff
  • Maintains all academic programs (UPK, AP Courses, Boces courses, Nova Net, ASAP)
  • Allows for the Upkeep and Maintenance of our Facilities

Our School District continues to be a GREAT place for our children to learn!

thank you
Please remember to VOTE on Tuesday, May 15, 2012;
  • Budget Information can be found on the District website under the Business Office page at

Thank you!