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The 2018-19 budget and the proposed captial project

 

Why doesn’t the budget include some of the renovations proposed in the capital project?

Any improvement to the district’s buildings requires approval and a building permit from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to ensure that any work performed is compliant with the related New York state building code and ensure that the work is done in a manner that preserves the health and safety of the facility’s occupants or users. Per the NYSED’s regulations, districts may spend up to $100,000 per school year on minor projects and still receive state aid. Projects which cost more than $100,000 do not receive state aid. In order to receive a building permit, the district must commission an architect or engineer to perform inspections and develop plans and specifications, whether the project is $5,000 or $100 million.

While the district may utilize its general fund to make repairs that are recurring work items that keep the buildings in operating condition, these items do not receive state aid, thereby increasing the burden on the taxpayers. Furthermore, the facilities are in such obsolete condition that routine repairs simply aren’t effective.

What about the district’s $8 million capital reserve fund?

The district is unable to utilize the capital reserve fund without voter authorization. Because of the scope of necessary improvements and repairs, and the lengthy and expensive process of garnering state approval as well as voter authorization, presenting the repairs and upgrades as a capital project minimizes the impact on taxpayers.

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