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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Failing Grade

Amid a year of a historical increase in school aid, a majority of school districts in the 48th Senate district experienced a decrease in school aid from the Governor’s proposed budget to the final enacted budget voted on favorably by Senator Aubertine.

There are 30 school districts in the 48th Senate district and 17 of the school districts experienced a decrease that resulted in a loss of school aid to the area totaling $1,962,541.00. The residents of the district should expect Senator Aubertine to be able to influence fellow Democrat Governor David Paterson in order to prevent such a significant loss, especially given the $1.75 billion increase in school aid included in this year’s budget.

In addition, in the final budget the Legislature passed included an increase in school aid of $400 million from the Governor’s proposed budget, and the 48th Senate still took a loss, the results are equivalent to a failing grade for representation in this area for our fair share.

On February 25th candidate Darrel Aubertine issued a press release that stated, “Darrel Aubertine will fight to make sure we get our fair share,” said Cathy Calhoun, Aubertine’s campaign manager.

The following is a list of school districts, which Senator Aubertine fought hard for, and their decreased aid amount and increased levy percentage, the loss of state aid would have alleviated some of the property tax increases. Residents of these districts will pay income to support the increase in school aid and higher local property taxes to support their districts.

Edwards-Knox ($107,263) 3% Property Tax Levy Increase
Canton ($181,113) 5.8%
Watertown ($236.668) 3.22%
S Jefferson ($69,606) 2.9%
LaFargeville ($39,821) 2.4%

Alexandria ($755) 3.0%
Gen Brown ($48,672) 2.91%
Pulaski ($67,745) 4.54%

Sandy Creek ($117,240) 5.14%
Fulton ($98,263) 2.29%
Mexico ($251,522) 1.97%
Phoenix ($61,260) 5.71%
Hannibal ($5,682) 5.00%
Gouverneur ($294,159) 3.00%

Morristown ($86,134) 3.41%
Hermon DeKalb ($56,523) 3.22%

Hammond ($240,115) 3.41%

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

get your head out of the sand this country is going to come to a grinding halt because of 8 years of a republican run administration who have run this economy into the ground,except for the multimillionaires who have now become billionaires.we're all going to pay for it as our children will,and their children and their children's children!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Let's get this right. Darrel goes to Albany, promising to fight for the North Country, and comes back with ... LESS school aid? And our property taxes increase, to boot.
Where do I sign up for the Draft Jim Wright effort?

Anonymous said...

is not the state senate still controlled by republicans???

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1 Check the facts... the largest number of multimillionaires who became billionaires are Democrats!! By the way Obama and Clinton are both multimillionaires...but they feel our pain...right!!

RWiley said...

Distribution of state aid to local school districts is far more complex than blaming it on your Republican or Democratic Representative. It is not in the same category of "Pork".

The same formulas are applied to all districts and what occurs in that district has an effect. For example, reductions in enrollment, payment of debt services, etc. The reasons are far too extensive to mention here. But rather than simplify them by placing the blame on any one person, you can research the real reasons here:


Division of the Budget

No matter what the reason, School Boards of Education will always ask for more at their annual budget vote and that is when some taxpayers can express their opinion.
I say some, because not all taxpayers get to vote; only those who are legal residents even if they pay big taxes in that district. I say opinion because if the budget is turned away, the school district still operates by going on contingency.

Anonymous said...

Mr Wiley,

Why then would Darrel Aubertine make such a promise about getting us our "fair share" when in fact according to what you say, he could not have delivered upon the promise?

RWiley said...

"Anonymous 1 Check the facts... the largest number of multimillionaires who became billionaires are Democrats!!'

Is this your source?


Billionaires for Bush

Anonymous said...

School districts "will always ask for more at their annual budget votes..."
Isn't that the point of increasing state aid -- so districts don't HAVE to ask for more.
If we got the $2 million more promised by our disgraced ex-Governor (and Sen. Aubertine), wouldn't that obviate the need for property tax increases?
Maybe people don't vote for school budgets because they feel their vote doesn't matter -- the districts raise taxes anyway, and our state reps don't deliver what they promise.

RWiley said...

Since the present state aid formulas have been developed over the past many years and since Darryl did not reach the Senate until after they were in place and since Jim Wright was our representative in the still Republican majority, your question can only be asked of him. I guess he got out of there just on time to avoid any responsibility that the past years of Republican majority has had on local state aid distributions.

You can understand how state aid is distributed by going to the link I posted.

Anonymous said...

rwiley -- How come districts across the state saw increases in aid while ours dropped? Since when does "fair share" mean less money for our schools? Darrel needs to answer these questions, and stop the excuses.

Anonymous said...

RWiley,

It is ok for Aubertine to take credit for Oswego and Canton college capital projects, yet you want to blame Wright for the school aid!

Are you seriously, or are you drinking this early in the day?

RWiley said...

One more time! Read the first page of the division of the budget link that I posted and it will give you a start as to understanding the State's present direction on state aid. That thinking was developed over many years with a Republican Senate firmly in place. It appears that the present thinking is aimed at providing relief to the high tax, high rent communities and not the poor Republican upstate stronghold which up to now has always been a safe haven for Mr. McHugh and Mr. Wright. Perhaps the "stinging" election of Mr. Aubertine will rattle the cages of all our sleeping politicians and whoever wins next fall will realize that the days are over when they are no longer being watched by their constituents.

Anonymous said...

#1 you are a moron, period. NYS is the highest tax state in the country and has the higherst per student cost as well. And what is that getting our children? Answer, you are not getting you are paying for by the govt/liberal run education system. Fool.

Anonymous said...

Where is the proof that Jim Wright would have delivered more state aid to north country schools?? He got out when he thought the getting out was good for him, no thought given to what would happen without him in Albany.

Anonymous said...

WHERE DID YOU GET THIS NUMBER? YOU HAVE NO CITATIONS AND FRANKLY, THEY DON'T ADD UP TO WHAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE ACTUALLY SAYING.

Anonymous said...

It is very off that you would have access to all of this data...and yet not tell us where you got so we can look for ourselves. It is a shame that newzjunky would put posts like this up as "news" without seeing that the stuff is accurate.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to check it myself -- and found all the info cited on the Division of the Budget website (just follow the links from the apologist rwiley's previous posts). You have to drill down a bit (so much for openness and sunlight!), but it's all there in two files: the Executive Budget and the Adopted budget.
Just further proof of the value of these bloggers who do the detective work that most of us can't -- and that our revered media is unwilling or incapable of doing.
BTW, I went to the DOB site to try to figure out rwiley's point, but was struck by this: If Education Aid is all formular driven, why would Sen Aubertine want us to believe he had anything at all to do with getting us our fair share? If he is working hard for us, why is it wrong to question when th eresults don't match the rhetoric? Just wondering...

RWiley said...

At no time did I apologize for Darryl for what was read as his failure to make good on a promise to deliver more state aid to our local school districts for this coming school year. In fact, in the original post by Political IV which refers to a statement made by Cathy Calhoun saying that Darryl will fight to make sure we get our fair share, I am not even sure if he was talking specifically about this year's state air disbursements and I could care less because I was unable to document the post. But I do know that regardless of what you think he may have promised, he would have no effect on this years figures.

I still believe Mr. Wright could better give you an explanation of what has gone on in the Senate during the past several years that lead up to the reductions. He was the one who was there. If he attempts a comeback, you can ask him. Or you could go to your local district and ask them why they got less. If they can't tell you, ask your board of education.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why everyone believes that Aubertine's pledge to 'fight for our fair share' pertains strictly to school aid. Not that Aubertine couldn't supplement schools with some of his discretional funds (aka member items) but until Bruno stops acting like a King, taking $6M of our state dollars for his district while giving half that amount to be divied between the 30 Democratic members across the state, there will be no 'fair share' for anyone in New York. Regardless of their party, our electeds represent us as New Yorkers. Does my son not get the benefits of little league because I am represented by a Democrat? Does my mother's senior center not deserve to get the same state assistance that the centers in Bruno's district get? Should my Senator make due with 5 staffers while Mr. Bruno's district is served by 25? The school funding formula is not the main problem here folks. Ask Mr. Bruno why the 61st Senate District doesn't get the same amount of funding this year as it got last year? Ask him why they do not get the same level of staff to help them. Because they voted for the guy they thought was best for the job and he happened to be a Democrat? There's the problem people. How about you start yelling for equal representation for all of us as NEW YORKERS. There's an idea. You should be able to vote for the guy you think will represent you best, and know that you're not going to be treated like a second class citizen when you exercise your right to vote, along with the rest of your neighbors.

Anonymous said...

Bigbuck36
You forgot APWCS...25% increase, get Jim Wright back in office he took care of the 48th the right way.

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