- On April 1, New York State Legislators approved a final state budget without the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), which would have originally taken nearly $2 million from the North Syracuse Central School District.
The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) was established by the state in 2010 to take back promised state aid from school districts to fill the state's own budget gap. Over the past six years, the formula has allowed the state to take a total of approximately $43.5 million total in promised state aid from the North Syracuse Central School District.
With the elimination of the GEA, the North Syracuse Central School District is slated to receive $3.2 million more aid than last year. "We are grateful New York State has finally eliminated the GEA for 2016-17 but are disappointed that the overall aid does not allow us to restore programs that were cut in the past," said Superintendent of Schools Annette Speach.
While the final state aid amount will allow the district to not have to make reductions in student programming or require layoffs, it is limited to focusing on the programs and services already in place.
School districts, including the North Syracuse Central School District, have two primary sources of revenue to fund operating budgets: the tax levy, which is the amount of money the district collects from property owners within the district to support the school budget, and state aid.
North Syracuse's state aid allocation accounts for about 44 percent of the budget's total revenues. Property taxes make up 53 percent, and approximately 3 percent is from other revenue sources such as county sales tax, Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreements, rent and the district's fund balance. On April 18, the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education approved a $155,237,936 proposed budget with a spending increase of 2.9 percent, or $4,375,212 compared to the current school year. The proposed tax levy increase is 1.09 percent, or $890,665, within than the district's tax levy limit.
District residents will have the final say on budget authorization May 17 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents can check their polling location online at www.nscsd.org/wheretovote.
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2016-2017 Budget Information
The public vote on the 2016-2017 North Syracuse Central School District Budget and the Annual Election will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- For residents living NORTH of Route 481, polling will take place at Cicero Elementary School (5979 Route 31) in Cicero
- For residents living SOUTH of Route 481, polling will take place at the Jerome F. Melvin Administrative Office Building (5355 West Taft Road) in North Syracuse
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If you are not already registered to vote in the North Syracuse Central School District board member election and budget vote being held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, pre-registration is required.
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Qualified voters of the District may obtain an absentee ballot by completing an application with the Office of the District Clerk. For questions regarding voter registration, absentee ballots or polling places, please contact Connie A. Gibson, District Clerk, at 218-2131.
Board of Education Candidates
The Board of Education is the official policy-making body of the North Syracuse Central School District. The Board is composed of nine members who are elected by district voters to three-year terms. Members receive no salary for serving on the Board. The terms of three Board members expire each June 30.
Budget Public Hearing - May 3, 2016 at 7 p.m. - Jerome F. Melvin Administrative Office Building (5355 West Taft Road) in North Syracuse
Copies of the budget can be reviewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jerome F. Melvin Administrative Office Building (5355 West Taft Road) in North Syracuse.
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