2017 Legislative Priorities

Current-Year Aid for New High Cost Students with Disabilities (S.564 Young) – This legislation would require the state to pay school districts state aid in the current year for new high-cost students with disabilities.

Duplicative Fingerprinting of School Bus Drivers (S.1710 Marcellino/A.4530 Thiele) – This legislation would allow DMV to share fingerprints and background checks of prospective bus drivers with SED to avoid duplicative efforts upon request from a perspective employee. 

TRS Reserve Fund (2016 BillsS.6792 Marcellino/A.6931 Nolan) – This legislation would allow school districts and BOCES to create a reserve fund for TRS pension costs.

Food Service Contracts (2016 Bill - A.8104 Paulin) – This legislation would allow food service contracts to be awarded based on best value instead of lowest cost.

Chief Financial Officer Defined (S.4250 Seward/A.359 Paulin) – This legislation would define the chief financial officer of a school district to be the school business official.

Shared Transportation Incentive (S.2404 Marcellino) – 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 removing the state aid deduction for revenues received for this type of shared service. 

Collection of School Taxes (A.4587 - Jaffee) – This legislation removes requirement that school districts have to seek permission from their local town receiver of taxes to collect their own taxes. 

PILOT Assessments (S.4156 Marcellino) – 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.  

BOCES Workers Compensation Reserve Funds (S.515 Young/A.3823 Nolan) – This legislation authorizes BOCES to establish workers' compensation reserve funds. 

Building Aid Exception for Small Projects  (S.3970 Seward/A.3231 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.

Internal Audit Function (S.3962 Seward) –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.

 

NYSASBO 2017 Legislative Priorities  - download (pdf)

NYSASBO Proposal on School Aid for School Year 2017-18 - download (pdf)