2020 Legislative Priorities

 

ASBO 2020 Legislative Priorities  - download (pdf)


Building Aid Exception for Small Projects (S.7372 Martinez / A.5341 Thiele) -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.

Use of Prior Year Adjustments (PYA) to Offset Overpayments (S.7684 Brooks)– This bill would allow PYAs 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.

Extraordinary Needs Reserve Fund (A.1614 Abinanti) - 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 (S.6211 Brooks/A.5455 Thiele) – 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 Function – (S.5584 Brooks/A.6508 Thiele) This 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.

Chief Financial Officer Defined (S.5497 Skoufis/A.499 Paulin) - This legislation would define the chief financial officer of a school district to be the school business official.

Small City School District Debt Limit (S.5425 Mayer/A.7062 McDonald) – This legislation would treat small city school districts the same as other districts by factoring in their building aid to determine their debt limit for capital projects.

SBO Representation on TRS Board (A.7590 Paulin)– This legislation would add a school business official to the Teachers Retirement System Board (TRS) that oversees the pension fund for a majority of school employees. Currently teachers, superintendents and school board members are represented on the TRS Board.

Exempt Schools/BOCES from Time Off for Voting (S.5314 Mayer/A.7837 Benedetto) – This legislation would exempt school districts and BOCES from new requirement to provide 3 hours paid time off to employees to vote.

BOCES Workers Compensation Reserve (
S.7783 Brooks) –
This would extend the right to establish workers compensation reserve funds to BOCES.

Small Group Employer Health Insurance – This bill would allow school districts with between 51-100 employees to remain in their health insurance consortia in order maintain affordability for both employees and taxpayers in these small districts.

PILOT Assessments This bill would require that any reduction in school taxes associated with a reduction in a PILOT agreement based on a flat fee arrangement would not take effect until the following tax year.