Governor’s budget includes more aid to school districts

by Andrew Henderson

Governor Andrew Cuomo presented his executive budget earlier this week.

Local representatives were cautiously optimistic about the governor’s plan, which does not include new taxes or fees, closes a $1.35 billion budget gap, and increases aid to local school districts.

“Taking a first look at Governor Cuomo’s 2013-2014 New York State budget, I found things to like but also things that concern me,” said Assemblyman Bob Oaks. “I am encouraged the governor was able to keep the ‘all funds’ budget increase under the two-percent spending cap and has proposed a four percent increase in education aide.

“I think the legislature should take a serious look at considering his mandate relief initiatives,” Oaks added. “At the same time, we need to determine exactly how he proposes to portion out that school aid and encourage him to consider additional mandate relief.”

According to the governor’s budget, the Fulton City School District is targeted to receive $37,074,440 in state aid, an increase of 3.11 percent.

The Hannibal Central School District is targeted to receive $16,646,549 in state aid, which is an increase of 2.26 percent.

The Oswego City School District is looking at $15,732,350, which is an increase of .53 percent while the Phoenix Central School District is targeted to receive $19,559,842, which is an increase of 1.20 percent.

Assemblyman Will Barclay said he was pleased that the budget proposal does not include more taxes or fees.

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