First things first:
VOTE YES ON MAY 17th.
POLLS ARE OPEN FROM 7am – 9pm at the HS Gymnasium, off Gunnville Rd.
VOTE FOR JAMES BOGLIOLI AND JOHN FISGUS FOR SCHOOL BOARD
Your School Taxes: Fact vs. Fiction
Chances are that your school taxes have gone up since 2010. It all depends on your property, how it was assessed, etc. But since 2008, the Clarence School District’s tax levy has gone up 1.7% on average, about the rate of inflation.
No one likes it, but to put it bluntly, inflation is a thing that exists.
But if you go back 10 – 13 years, which you can do via this link, owners of many properties will find that the actual dollar amount paid in school taxes this year isn’t significantly higher than a decade ago.
So, when you see people cut the data off at 2010, ask yourself why.
Enrollment: Fact vs. Fiction
- Elementary schools will go from 2,141 to 1,911;
- Middle School will go from 1,211 to 979;
- High School will go from 1,667 to 1,409
- The reality is that enrollment declines are stabilizing sooner than expected.
- The reality is that we lost 50 teachers since 2010 already.
- The reality is that there are fewer elective choices for students.
- The reality is that enrollment figures aren’t nearly as dire as some would have you believe.
- The reality is that teachers and students have been forced to do more with less.
- The reality is that the current budget takes an influx of state cash and allocates it justly and equitably;
- The reality is that class sizes are too big for elementary students especially;
- The reality is that, while we received “more in state funds than ever before”, the district has not been made whole. The state still owes us $70 million, which local taxpayers have had to make up to properly and adequately fund our district and avoid educational bankruptcy.
- The reality is that the decrease in gasoline and natural gas prices has put more money in people’s pockets and acted as a de facto tax cut that far exceeds any increase in school taxes.
- The reality is that the Gap Elimination Adjustment was ended, not “restored”, and there are still $20 million that the GEA has taken from the district that have not yet been restored, and we have not been made whole.
- The reality is that a 3.11% tax cap is positive – it’s because of town growth and growth is good. The tax levy (not tax rate) is increasing by 2.76%, which is less than the tax cap, and this is the third consecutive below-cap levy increase.
- The reality is that local taxes have had to make up the $70 million in state aid that would have been due and owing had it not been for the Gap Elimination Adjustment.
The reality is this: