Sam Hoyt (Member, Committee on Children and Families New York State Assembly). New York State Assembly. 2005.

A04293 Summary: Requires appropriate maintenance of local effort for all of the fiscally dependent "Big 5 school districts"

SAME AS    No same as                                                          

                                                                               

SPONSOR    Hoyt                                                                

                                                                               

COSPNSR    Magnarelli, Christensen, Pretlow, Schimminger                       

                                                                               

MLTSPNSR                                                                       

                                                                               

Amd S2576, Ed L                                                                

Requires appropriate maintenance of local effort for all of the fiscally       

dependent "Big 5 school districts" in order to preclude the replacement of     

local funds by state aid revenues intended to increase support for education.  


A04293 Actions:

02/09/2005 referred to education                                               


A04293 Votes:


A04293 Memo:

TITLE  OF  BILL:   An act to amend the education law, in relation to a         

maintenance of effort requirement for fiscally  dependent  large  city         

school districts                                                               

                                                                               

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:  This bill extends the maintenance of         

effort provision established pursuant to a chapter of the laws of 2002         

for New York City to the other fiscally dependent school districts.            

                                                                               

SUMMARY  OF  SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:  The legislation stipulates that the         

appropriated city share of public  school  spending  from  total  city         

revenues    (which   exclude   revenues   from   State   and   Federal         

non-discretionary aid, STAR payments, county sales tax receipts shared         

with the city school  district,  debt  service  payments  and  private         

contributions)  will  not decline from one year to the next unless the         

total city revenues also decline. Furthermore, any decline in the city         

share cannot exceed the percentage decline in total city revenues,  as         

defined in the legislation.                                                    

                                                                               

JUSTIFICATION:   The school systems of cities with populations greater         

than 125,000 do not have independent taxing authority to support their         

public schools. As State aid,  Federal  Aid  and  STAR  revenues  have         

increased during the last nine years by over $8 billion there has been         

a  decline  in support from local city tax revenues, which contributes         

to the fiscal problems these school systems now face. Based  on  State         

Comptroller  data and Board of Education estimates, city local support         

for their public schools dropped by a  total  of  almost  $82  million         

between  the  1993-94  and 2001-02 school years. This legislation will         

help prevent any further decrease in support, unless the  decrease  is         

associated with a net decline in city revenues.                                

                                                                               

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:                                                     

                                                                               

Similar  legislation (S.3248/A.5653) passed both houses in 1994 and an         

analogous measure was adopted in S.7456b for New York City.                    

06/20/02 Passed Senate                                                         

06/21/02 referred to education                                                 

2003-04 A5381 Referred to education                                            

2003-04 S2654 Referred to education                                            

                                                                               

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:  None to the State                                        

                                                                               

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:  Prevents a reduction in city  support  for         

public  education  in  the  cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and         

Yonkers.                                                                       

                                                                               

EFFECTIVE DATE:  July 1, 2003   

S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K                   

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                              2005-2006 Regular Sessions                       

                                                                               

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y                          

                                                                               

                                   February 9, 2005                            

                                      ___________                              

                                                                               

       Introduced  by  M.  of A. HOYT, MAGNARELLI, CHRISTENSEN, PRETLOW, SCHIM-

         MINGER -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education        

                                                                               

       AN ACT to amend the education law,  in  relation  to  a  maintenance  of

         effort requirement for fiscally dependent large city school districts

                                                                               

         THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-

       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:                                               

                                                                               

    1    Section 1.  Subdivisions 2 and 4 of section 2576 of the education law,

    2  subdivision 2 as amended by chapter 65 of the laws of 1972 and  subdivi-

    3  sion  4  as  renumbered  by section 18 and such section as renumbered by

    4  section 2 of chapter 762 of the laws of 1950, are  amended  to  read  as

    5  follows:                                                                

    6    2.  In  the  city  school districts of Syracuse, Rochester and Yonkers

    7  such estimate shall be filed with the mayor or city manager. Such  offi-

    8  cer  shall  place  such estimate before the board of estimate and appor-

    9  tionment or other similar body at the same time and in the  same  manner

   10  as  estimates  from  city departments or officers are placed before said

   11  board or body, and such estimate shall thereafter be subject to the same

   12  consideration, action and procedure as all  other  estimates  from  city

   13  departments  or  officers{.  The}  AND  said board or body may increase,

   14  diminish or reject any item contained in said estimate, except for fixed

   15  charges for which the city is liable  AND  SUBJECT  TO  THE  LIMITATIONS

   16  PROVIDED  BY  SUBDIVISION FIVE-B OF THIS SECTION.  When such estimate is

   17  adopted, the said board or body shall file it with the common council.  

   18    4. In {a} THE city {which had, according  to  the  federal  census  of

   19  nineteen  hundred  forty,  a population of four hundred thousand or more

   20  but less than one million} SCHOOL  DISTRICT  OF  BUFFALO  such  estimate

   21  shall  be  filed with the officer authorized to receive other department

   22  estimates and the same acted on by such officer and by  the  council  of

   23  such  city  in the same manner and with the same effect as other depart-

   24  ment estimates EXCEPT THAT SUCH ACTIONS SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE  LIMITA-

   25  TIONS  PROVIDED  BY  SUBDIVISION FIVE-B OF THIS SECTION.  The council is

                                                                               

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

                             { } is old law to be omitted.                     

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    1  also authorized, in its discretion, to include in such budget a sum  for

    2  any of the purposes enumerated in paragraph c of subdivision one of this

    3  section,  and  any further amount for such purposes as may be authorized

    4  by  a  tax election held in such city pursuant to the provisions of this

    5  chapter. After the adoption of such budget the council shall  cause  the

    6  amount thereof to be included in the tax and assessment roll of the city

    7  and  the same shall be collected in the same manner and at the same time

    8  as other taxes of the city are collected, and placed to  the  credit  of

    9  the board of education.                                                 

   10    S  2.  Section  2576  of  the education law is amended by adding a new

   11  subdivision 5-b to read as follows:                                     

   12    5-B. A. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE TERMS:              

   13    (I) "CITY FUNDS" SHALL MEAN FUNDS OF EACH CITY HAVING A POPULATION  OF

   14  ONE  HUNDRED  TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND OR MORE INHABITANTS AND LESS THAN ONE

   15  MILLION INHABITANTS DERIVED FROM ANY SOURCE EXCEPT FUNDS CONTAINED WITH-

   16  IN THE CAPITAL BUDGET, FUNDS FROM COUNTY SALES TAX REVENUES SHARED  WITH

   17  SUCH  CITY,  FUNDS RECEIVED PURSUANT TO SECTION FOUR HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE

   18  OF THE REAL PROPERTY TAX LAW AND FUNDS DERIVED FROM ANY  FEDERAL,  STATE

   19  OR PRIVATE SOURCES OVER WHICH THE CITY HAS NO DISCRETION.               

   20    (II)  "CITY AMOUNT" SHALL MEAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF EXPENDITURES FUNDED

   21  BY CITY FUNDS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF  EACH  CITY

   22  HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND OR MORE INHABIT-

   23  ANTS  AND LESS THAN ONE MILLION INHABITANTS, NOT INCLUDING CITY PAYMENTS

   24  TO BOND OR NOTE HOLDERS FOR DEBT SERVICE PAYMENTS OF SUCH  DISTRICT,  AS

   25  CONTAINED WITHIN THE BUDGET AS ADOPTED BY SUCH CITY.                    

   26    (III) "BASE YEAR" SHALL MEAN THE FISCAL YEAR IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE

   27  FISCAL  YEAR  FOR  WHICH  THE BUDGET REFERRED TO IN SUBPARAGRAPH (II) OF

   28  THIS PARAGRAPH IS ADOPTED. THE INITIAL BASE YEAR  SHALL  BE  THE  FISCAL

   29  YEAR ENDING JUNE THIRTIETH, TWO THOUSAND SEVEN.                         

   30    B. THE CITY AMOUNT SHALL NOT BE LESS THAN THE CITY AMOUNT APPROPRIATED

   31  IN  THE  BASE  YEAR DETERMINED AT THE TIME OF ADOPTION OF THE BUDGET FOR

   32  THE ENSUING FISCAL YEAR. PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  IN  THE  EVENT  THE  TOTAL

   33  AMOUNT  OF  CITY  FUNDS RELIED UPON TO BALANCE SUCH BUDGET IS LOWER THAN

   34  THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CITY FUNDS APPROPRIATED IN THE BASE YEAR, AS  DETER-

   35  MINED  AT  THE  TIME  OF ADOPTION OF SUCH BUDGET, THE CITY AMOUNT MAY BE

   36  REDUCED BY UP TO THE SAME PERCENTAGE AS THE OVERALL PERCENTAGE  DECREASE

   37  IN CITY FUNDS BETWEEN THE BASE YEAR AND THE ENSUING FISCAL YEAR.        

   38    S 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2006.                         

.SO DOC A 4293          *END*                    BTXT                 2005