CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Taxpayers are urged to contact the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, as well as their NYS representatives, to ask them to immediately develop language to include an exclusion of debt service for capital projects at BOCES in the tax cap formula. They were directed to do so in the Spring of 2015 and have not yet completed the task. The result of their lack of action is that BOCES around the state have been hesitant to introduce any new capital projects on their campuses because of the negative financial impact it would have on the component school districts (like Newfield). Each of the districts pays for the operation and maintenance of their local BOCES. When a BOCES initiates a capital project, each component school district is responsible for that debt. This debt should be excluded from the tax cap calculations in the same way that the district debt is excluded.
See the documents below for more information and a sample letter sent from the Newfield Board of Education. There is also a link to contact information for the Governor, Senator O'Mara and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton.