2019 Legislative Priorities

ASBO 2019 Legislative Priorities  - download (pdf)


Building Aid Exception for Small Projects  (S.3876 Little / 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.

Retirement Contribution Reserve Fund (A.5759 Buchwald)
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 (S.3972 Harckham / A.218 Paulin)
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 (S.973 Young / A.1665 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 (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
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.

Raise Retirement Cap for School Resource Officers (S.3455 Biaggi / A.2220 Paulin)
This bill would remove the earnings limitation for retired police officers employed as school resource officers.

Chief Financial Officer Defined (A.359 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 (New Bill)
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. 

 

ASBO New York 2019-20 School Aid Proposal

This aid proposal recommends a $2.1 billion increase in state aid to school districts to achieve four goals:

  • Improve equity and adequacy;
  • Strengthen student safety and wellness;
  • Provide stability by paying already approved expenses; and
  • Redirect savings to teaching and learning.

Click here to view the full proposal.

For more information on the state budget, visit our State Budget page.