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St. Lawrence County Legislator Fred Morrill.
St. Lawrence County Legislator Fred Morrill.

St. Lawrence County legislator proposes steep cuts

Budget leaders in St. Lawrence County are considering some steep cuts to prevent a 20 percent property tax increase. The tax hike proposed by county administrator Karen St. Hilaire last week would raise $9.3 million.

Democratic legislator Fred Morrill of DeKalb Junction wants to cut $7 million from that plan. He's chair of the finance committee, and is offering an alternate budget. Among other things, it eliminates the Sheriff's Road Patrol, and cuts the highway department.

Morrill says things like police protection and maintaining bridges are not necessarily the county's responsibility.  Go to full article
But voters said "No" to Plattsburgh's tax cap-exceeding plan. Photo: plattscsd.org
But voters said "No" to Plattsburgh's tax cap-exceeding plan. Photo: plattscsd.org

Voters say yes to most school budgets

It was school budget day in New York State yesterday. Voters from one side of the state to the other had their say on their local district's spending plan for the coming year.

It was a tough year for the schools, with a continuing loss of state education aid, and a new state-imposed limit on property taxes used to fund many of the programs and positions local communities value.

The vast majority of budgets passed in the North Country; most including significant cuts in teachers and programs. Martha Foley talked with Brian Mann for a survey of the regional results.  Go to full article
The legislature and the governor have got to get together and come up with an overall plan, and quickly.

Funding expert: NY schools on "sliding slope" toward fiscal insolvency

Voters across New York state will decide Tuesday whether or not to approve their local school district budgets, and the property tax levies needed to pay for them. School budgets are complicated, to say the least, and they're even more complicated this year because the new 2% property tax increase cap is putting additional limits on what school boards can ask for. Many schools have had to make serious cuts in the last couple years--and are now looking at more.

We heard last week on how one rural school district is trying to balance its financial needs with money coming from local taxes and the state. For a wider view, WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with Rick Timbs, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium. They spoke about the effect this year's budget cycle will have on schools and the future of education funding in New York--and about new questions raised by the tax cap:  Go to full article
Patricia Downs displays her prize-winning dress made out of gum wrappers
Patricia Downs displays her prize-winning dress made out of gum wrappers

Plattsburgh school district exceeds tax cap, asks for taxpayer support

Schools around the North Country are trying figure out how to provide quality education in the midst of a historic budget squeeze. In Plattsburgh, school officials are asking taxpayers to do more to keep enrichment and arts programs alive. Sarah Harris has that story.  Go to full article
Essex County board of supervisors head Randy Douglas
Essex County board of supervisors head Randy Douglas

Douglas: county stretched thinner than ever

Mandate relief--especially on Medicaid costs--was at the forefront of many county leaders' minds at the annual meeting this week of the New York State Association of Counties.

In his budget address January 17th, Governor Cuomo laid out a plan for the state to take over increases in Medicaid costs over the next few years--but some county leaders say that's not enough.  Go to full article
Generally speaking, it was an honest mistake.

53 New York towns wrongly exceed tax cap

More than fifty towns around New York inappropriately exceeded the state's property tax cap. That's according to the office of state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.  Go to full article
Keene Central School, Keene Valley, NY
Keene Central School, Keene Valley, NY

NYS School Board Association: Schools, tax cap on "collision course"

A study by the New York State School Boards Association finds three quarters of the state's school districts would have exceeded the new 2% property tax cap, had it been in effect for the current school year budget. The group predicts that the new tax cap and schools are "on a collision course." In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Thereís not enough focus on the students and actual education and performance.

Cuomo wants the focus on students

The Board of Regents proposal would give 73% of increased state aid to high-need districts. That could help North Country schools, which are among the poorest in the state.

As Martha Foley reports, Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports changes that would send more money to the neediest districts, but he wants to put students front and center as the conversation about aid to schools goes forward.  Go to full article
Now we need to go a step further, and make a serious effort to reform and reduce spending

NC lawmakers praise tax deal, with reservations

North Country lawmakers are praising the outcome of the special session held yesterday in Albany.

Republican state Senator Betty Little from Queensbury said the income tax deal negotiated by Governor Cuomo would cut income taxes for the "vast majority of New Yorkers." Little predicted the tax plan would "encourage economic activity and job growth."

Eight Assembly Republicans voted against the tax overhaul. North Country Republicans in the Assembly approved it, with reservations.  Go to full article
You canít ask for what people donít have. So deal with the same economic reality the taxpayer has to deal with.

Cuomo calls 2% tax cap a "wake up call" for local governments

We reported Tuesday on Essex County's efforts to stay within Governor Andrew Cuomo's new 2% cap on property tax increases. Since the legislature approved the cap in June, it's been controversial. Some have welcomed it. But several communities, including Massena, have taken steps to override the cap.

Other communities and some lawmakers have taken the state to task for mandating local spending on programs like Medicaid, while limiting local revenue.

Wednesday in an appearance on the public radio program Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter, Cuomo defended the cap--and talked about why he thinks it's an important--but not inescapable--guideline for local governments:  Go to full article

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