Bill S5701-2011

Relates to validating actions taken by the Smithtown Central School District regarding capital improvements eligible for state aid

Relates to actions taken by the Smithtown Central School District regarding capital improvements eligible for state aid.

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  • Sep 23, 2011: VETOED MEMO.81
  • Sep 12, 2011: DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • Jun 22, 2011: returned to senate
  • Jun 22, 2011: passed assembly
  • Jun 22, 2011: ordered to third reading rules cal.580
  • Jun 22, 2011: substituted for a8119
  • Jun 16, 2011: referred to ways and means
  • Jun 16, 2011: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 16, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 16, 2011: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1333
  • Jun 16, 2011: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 10, 2011: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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BILL NUMBER:S5701

TITLE OF BILL: An act relating to actions taken by the Smithtown Central School District regarding capital improvements eligible for state aid

PURPOSE: Relates to validating actions taken by the Smithtown Central School District regarding capital improvements eligible for state aid

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 provides for the legislative intent.

Section 2 legalizes, validates, ratifies and confirms the Smithtown Central School District's compliance with the requirements set forth so they shall receive the appropriate state aid previously allotted to them for certain capital projects.

Section 3 directs the State Education Department to consider the approved costs of the aforementioned projects as valid and proper obligations of the Smithtown Central School District.

JUSTIFICATION: The Smithtown Central School District approved several capital improvement projects which were eligible for certain state aid. Due to an administrative error, required filings for eligibility for such aid were not made by the district in a timely manner making the district ineligible for certain aid, causing hardship on district taxpayers. In 2011, the District learned that because 4 reports were not filed on time, the District could lose $3.1 million dollars in aid this year.

The Smithtown School District considers the safeguarding of taxpayer funds as one of its paramount responsibilities, and is seeking legislation to rectify this situation.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5701 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 10, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. FLANAGAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT relating to actions taken by the Smithtown Central School District regarding capital improvements eligible for state aid THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that the Smithtown Central School District approved several capital improvement projects which were designated by the State Education Department as project numbers 7999-002, 0034-022, 0027-008 and 0023-021. In addition, the projects were eligible for certain state aid. The legislature further finds that due to an administrative error, required filings for eligibility for such aid were not made by the district in a timely manner making the district ineligible for certain aid. The legislature further finds that without such aid, the capital improvement projects will impose an additional, unanticipated hardship on district taxpayers. S 2. All the acts done and proceedings heretofore had and taken or caused to be had and taken by the Smithtown Central School District and by all its officers or agents relating to or in connection with certain final cost reports to be filed with the State Education Department for projects 7999-002, 0034-022, 0027-008 and 0023-021, and all acts inci- dental thereto are hereby legalized, validated, ratified and confirmed, notwithstanding any failure to comply with the approval and filing provisions of the education law or any other law or any other statutory authority, rule or regulation, in relation to any omission, error, defect, irregularity or illegality in such proceedings had and taken, and provided further that any amount due and payable to the Smithtown Central School District for school years prior to the 2012-13 school year as a result of this act shall be paid pursuant to the provisions of paragraph c of subdivision 5 of section 3604 of the education law.
S 3. The state education department is hereby directed to consider the approved costs of the aforementioned projects as valid and proper obli- gations of the Smithtown Central School District. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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