Legal Notice for Pre-K RFP

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR RFP LEGAL NOTICE:

The Cazenovia Central School District has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the provision of Universal Prekindergarten students for up to 30 four-year-old children for the 2021-2022 school year.  Proposals are due on or before 3:00 PM on January 15, 2022.  Notice of Interest Form must be submitted to the District by December 20, 2021.  Click on the link below to obtain the RFP documents. Questions regarding the RFP should be directed to Thomas Finnerty, Asst. Superintendent/School Business Official at 315-655-1340.  The Cazenovia Central School District reserves the right, where it may serve the District, to request additional information or clarifications from proposers, or to allow corrections or omissions.

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No Pre-Payment for 2018-19 School Taxes Allowed

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The Cazenovia School District official statement:
Our school district is not able to accommodate pre-payment of school taxes for federal tax purposes. Final payments of 2017-18 school taxes were due by November 6, 2017. We are not able to provide estimated tax bills for 2018-19. Our district will not adopt a budget and tax levy for that year until the May school budget votes.  We are not legally able to collect school taxes without a Tax Warrant set by the Board of Education.  The Board of Education cannot set the Tax Warrant until a budget is approved by the voters in May.  We do not have policies or procedures to collect partial payments in advance.
For further information, here are some quotes from a guidance document released by the New York State Council of School Superintendents:
  • During the conference call with reporters, the Governor and his budget director explained that the action was directed primarily at local governments which operate on a calendar year (January 1 – December 31) fiscal year. They acknowledged that facilitating pre-payment of property taxes may not be possible for most school districts.
  • The executive order does not suspend any provision of Article 13 of the Real Property Tax Law which governs the levy of property taxes for most school districts. Accordingly, we do not see the order as providing authority for school districts to adopt estimated or partial tax warrants for 2018-19 school taxes, nor to issue tax bills corresponding to those warrants.
  • Districts have not adopted budgets and tax levies for 2018-19, assessments have not been finalized, and equalization rates could change, so there could be discrepancies between any estimated tax bills now and actual ones next summer/fall.

Cazenovia Board of Education adopts 2014-15 budget proposal

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The Cazenovia Board of Education voted April 14 to adopt a $26,495,954 budget proposal for 2014-15 that increases spending 0.29 percent and carries a property tax increase of $168,237, or 1.01 percent. The fiscal plan includes the elimination of 9.4 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions, including two cleaners, one bus mechanic, three elementary teachers, one high school career technical education teacher, one teaching assistant, one monitor and one 0.4 FTE guidance/psychologist position. It also cuts some services contracted through the Board of Educational Cooperative Services and eliminates a family consumer science elective at the high school.

District expects $400,000 budget deficit

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The Cazenovia Central School District needs to reduce its dependence on fund balance to offset the money it continues to lose to the state’s Gap Elimination Adjustment, board members agreed during a March 10 budget work session. “Over the past four years, the GEA has cost Cazenovia taxpayers more than $5.3 million,” Assistant Superintendent William Furlong said. “And in the governor’s proposal for next year, we stand to lose another $1.04 million.” The GEA law was introduced in 2010-11 as a way to close the state’s then $10 billion budget deficit. Under the legislation, a portion of the funding shortfall at the state level is divided among all school districts throughout the state and reflected as a reduction in school district state aid. “The district has had to use fund balance and reserves to offset the loss of state aid revenue for the last four years,” Mr. Furlong said.  “But those balances are beginning to run dangerously low.”

There’s still time to learn about the GEA, call lawmakers

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School districts across New York, including Cazenovia, have been forced to make devastating cuts to educational programs as they adjust to rising costs that are outpacing revenue coming from New York state, thanks to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). The GEA law was introduced in 2010-11 as a way to close the state’s then $10 billion budget deficit. Under the legislation, a portion of the funding shortfall at the state level is divided among all school districts throughout the state and reflected as a reduction in school district state aid. The GEA has left a hole in many school district budgets — including in Cazenovia — in recent years. In the Executive Budget Proposal for 2014-15, which state lawmakers are currently considering, the GEA is continued. It shows up as a $1.04 million loss of aid for Cazenovia. That’s on top of the more than $5 million the district already has lost to the GEA since 2009.

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