As we reported on LoHud.com and in The Journal News on Monday, several local school districts have disputed the state’s calculations for their tax levies.
The article pointed out that the new tax cap, and its restrictions, has led to some confusion over how to calculate just how much money school districts can raise in property taxes without going over the state-required 2 percent property tax limit. If they exceed the state’s cap, they would be forced to seek a supermajority from their boards to approve the budget.
The Ardsley School District is one of those that has disputed the state’s calculation. By the state’s calculations, Ardsley is nearly $2 million below its allowed maximum. In response, the district sent this statement today:
“The state is reporting the school levy limit without exclusions which is I believe confusing to the community. The exclusions have the ability to increase or decrease the levy amount a district is able to raise. This piece of relevant information should be imparted to our communities. It would be more comprehendible to compare the amount allowed to be levied versus the amount a district is seeking to levy. The Ardsley School district is levying an amount that is $308 under the amount allowed by the tax levy cap calculation.”
Linda C. Peters, Business Administrator
Ardsley Union Free School District
Here is a link to the original coverage: School districts work to keep levies under tax cap.