2019 Legislative Priorities

Building Aid Exception for Small Projects: This bill would increase the threshold from $100,000 to $250,000 for school construction projects that are aided in full each year, and not required to be aided using the state's assumed amortization schedules. Schools are allowed one such project each year.  

 

Retirement Contribution Reserve Fund: This bill authorizes school districts and BOCES to establish reserve funds for the purpose of contributions to the NYS Teachers’ Retirement System. 

 

Use of Prior Year Adjustments (PYA) to Offset Overpayments: This bill would allow Prior Year Adjustments (PYA’s) to be used by school districts to offset any overpayments made by SED as well as extend timeline to ten years to pay back overpayments. 

 

PILOT Assessments: This legislation relates to businesses that make payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs), establishing that any reduction in school taxes shall not take effect until the following tax year. 

 

Extraordinary Needs Reserve Fund: This legislation would allow school districts to establish reserve funds for the unanticipated costs associated with high-need students or influx of students into a district unexpectedly.

 

Shared Transportation Incentive: This legislation would provide an incentive for school districts to share and reduce costs for transportation of students attending educational program out of the district by reducing the state aid deduction for revenues received for this type of shared service. 

 

Internal Audit FunctionThis bill would allow school districts to conduct a risk assessment of district operations every other year, instead of annually, while maintaining in depth reviews of specific areas annually.


Raise Retirement Cap for School Resource Officers: This bill would remove the earnings limitation for retired police officers employed as school resource officers.

 

Chief Financial Officer Defined: This legislation would define the chief financial officer of a school district to be the school business official.

 

Small Group Employer Extender: This legislation would exempt public schools from the small group employer definition and grandfather public entities in their current health insurance consortia.  

 

ASBO 2019 Legislative Priorities  - download (pdf)

ASBO School Aid Policy Report 2018-19 - download (pdf).  2019-20 School Aid Policy Report coming soon.