Relates to the cost effectiveness of expenditures incurred by compliant component school districts for tangible equipment.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the cost effectiveness of tangible equipment
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of the bill is to allow school districts to receive BOCES aid reimbursement for purchases deemed more cost effective than those through BOCES.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Allows for BOCES reimbursement to a school district for purchases of tangible equipment made outside of BOCES if those purchases are more cost effective than what could have been purchased through BOCES without the consideration of BOCES aid.
Section 2: Directs the commissioner to promulgate rules, regulations and standards to implement the provisions of this legislation.
JUSTIFICATION: It is incumbent upon school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) to ensure that all expenditures are cost effective.
Often school districts are able to find better prices on equipment and supply purchases than those offered by their boards of cooperative educational services. However, because purchases via BOCES are reimbursable, the school district will often purchase from BOCES as opposed to the more cost effective alternative. This extra expense is a waste of taxpayer dollars.
This legislation seeks to encourage BOCES and school districts to exercise due diligence in the procurement of supplies and equipment so they make purchases that are the most cost efficient.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7938 IN SENATE September 12, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. BOYLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the cost effectiveness of tangible equipment THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph d of subdivision 4 of section 1950 of the educa- tion law is amended by adding a new subparagraph 6 to read as follows: (6) COST EFFECTIVENESS OF TANGIBLE EQUIPMENT. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS SECTION TO THE CONTRARY, EXPENDITURES INCURRED BY COMPONENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW, PURSUANT TO PURCHASE AND/OR INSTALLATION CONTRACTS ENTERED INTO ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIFTEENTH, TWO THOUSAND, FOR EQUIPMENT INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO FURNITURE, BULLETIN BOARDS, TANGIBLE INSTRUCTIONAL MATE- RIALS AND CLASSROOM AIDS, SHALL BE AN ACCEPTABLE EXPENSE FOR BOCES AID IF THE COMPONENT SCHOOL DISTRICT DEMONSTRATES THE PURCHASE WOULD BE MORE COST-EFFECTIVE THAN WOULD OTHERWISE BE POSSIBLE IF SUCH SERVICES WERE TO BE PURCHASED WITHOUT THE CONSIDERATION OF BOCES AID. S 2. The commissioner shall promulgate rules, regulations and stand- ards to implement the provisions of this act. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15753-02-4