Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Middle Country School Proposed Budget 2011-2012, , Long Island, NY

Middle Country 2011-2012 budget highlights

  • Proposed budget 2011-2012 is $211,302,498 up 1.65% from 2010-2011 budget.
  • Proposed Tax Levy 2011-2012 is $118,660,456 up 6.68% from 2010-2011 budget.
  • Projected Students for 2011-2012  is 11,000 down .05% from 2010-2011.
  • Proposed Tax Levy for Contingent Budget up 21.61%
Nice choice for voters !
If budget is approved: 6.68% increase
If budget is rejected: 21.61% increase

Few summary pages with important information on Middle Country's Budget for year 2011-2012.
One of the things indicated here is the reduction of New York state Aid as a percentage of the Total Middle Country's school budget went down from 52.75% in 2000-01 to 34.58% in 2011-12.

I don't have the actual data right now and if anyone has please post in comments but I am guessing that the percentage didn't go down due to reduction is State Aid(though it was reduced this year) during the last decade but due the fact that their expenditure increased faster than the increases in New York State Aid. And the school district passed that on to the residents as school tax as part of property tax.

Here is an hypothetical situation to explain since i have no actual data other than the graph provided below which has State Aid to Public Schools Since 1983.

Let says Middle country's budget in 2000-01 was $100 and New york state Aid was $52.75 making it 52.75% of the total budget. But Now the school Budget in 2011-12 is say $200 and 34.58% of that is
$69. So the New York state aid did increase by almost 40% but residents were paying $47.25 then and now paying $200 - $69 = $131. So that's 177% increase for school tax. So if you were paying $1000 as school tax in 2001 then you are paying $2700 now as a part of property tax.

And actual data input will be greatly appreciated ! Here is some actual statistical data ...

State Aid to Public Schools Since 1983
State Aid to Public Schools Since 1983
 In the 25 years leading up to Spitzer's first budget, total state aid to public schools has more than quadrupled, as shown above. The 2006-07 aid hike of $1.8 billion was an all-time record.

Actual and Projected Annual School Aid Increases, 1995-2011

New York Actual and Projected Annual School Aid Increases, 1995-2011
The 2011-12 Executive Budget recommends $19.4 billion in School Aid for the 2011-12school year, which will be a year-to-year reduction in School Aid of $1.5 billion, or 7.3
percent. Because education in New York is financed primarily through a combination of
State and local funding, the proposed reduction in State aid represents only 2.9 percent of
the total operating expenditures projected to be made by school districts statewide during
the 2010-11 school year.

So the school Aid from new york State was around $13 billion in 2001 and now its stands at $19.4 billion after cuts of $1.5 billion which means last year its was at $21 billion. 

New York public schools spend more per pupil ($17,173) than any other state and 67
percent above the national average. While the need to improve educational outcomes
remains, the high cost of education has strained both State and local taxpayers. New
York is the only state to be in the top six in both state funding per pupil and local funding
per pupil.

In the last decade, the State increased its support for schools by 53 percent, from $13.7
billion to $20.9 billion. During that time, overall spending by New York public schools
increased even more dramatically, by 70 percent, from $31 billion in 2000-01 to $53 billion
in 2010-11. Statewide increases in school spending, State support for education, and school
property tax increases all far outpace the rate of inflation.

However, New York’s high education spending has not resulted in high student
performance. New York ranks 40th in graduation rates and 34th in the nation in the
percentage of adults who have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Despite major
investments by taxpayers, too many schools are failing. There is a need to restructure
school spending so that our schools provide the educational opportunity to our students
that we expect – at a level of spending that State and local taxpayers can sustain, while
incentivizing improved performance and greater efficiency.

Middle Country Proposed Budget 2011-2012, Long Island,NYMiddle Country Proposed Budget 2011-2012, Long Island,NY

Source: Newsday and

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Long Island Property taxes most important issue, say LIers

No surprise here ! To stop this ridiculous rise in property taxes we have to educate our fellow LIers and contact your representative that they should demand Speaker Silver respond to the pleas of homeowners across the state and support a property tax cap in New York. It has already passed the senate but is being stalled in the Assembly by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Also this year we are seeing some enormous rise in property taxes in school districts such as
William Floyd 12.47% and Seaford 8.99%. Some school districts such as Middle country is resorting to blackmailing its residents. The deal for districts residents is either approved a 6.68% increase or the district is going to force 21.61% increase in tax levy.

Published by THOMAS MAIER at Newsday

By a wide margin, property taxes are the most important issue facing Long Islanders, according to a Newsday / News 12 Long Island / Siena Research Institute Poll. Property taxes were cited overall by 45 percent of respondents, more than twice the 21 percent who cited "availability of good jobs" as the second most pressing issue for Long Islanders. "Property taxes are really an issue here because it keeps the young people from staying on Long Island and it will prevent the older people from staying, too," Tafuri explained.

Property taxes also are a large part of why the 57 percent of those polled said Long Islanders are headed in the "wrong direction" rather than the "right track" in the poll. A similar margin said New York State was headed in the wrong direction as well.

Property taxes are a particularly raw issue in Nassau County, where 53 percent cited them as the biggest issue, compared to 36 percent in Suffolk. Islandwide, Republicans and people 55 years or older complained about property taxes the most. "The Democrats love to spend money and they have to get it from the taxpayers," said one poll respondent, a retired Republican who lives on Nassau County's South Shore.

School costs - the biggest part of property tax bills - were also on the minds of Long Islanders who cited "the quality of public schools" among their top concerns. "The first thing I would do is eliminate tenure for teachers in public schools to cut costs," said another poll respondent, a 50-year-old Garden City man who is a Republican and who did not want to give his name. Although he was happy that his two children attending local schools got a good education there, he said his family's property tax bill has been overwhelming.

Property taxes hit a chord with all respondents, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, location or party affiliation. In addition to identifying the most important issue, the poll underlined the intensity of Long Islanders' general feelings about property taxes, with 86 percent calling the issue "very important" and 11 percent as "somewhat important." Crime, schools, good jobs and health care also received strong reactions, with traffic congestion and the local environment getting milder reactions.