Provides a $500,000 supplemental valuation impact grant to the West Valley central school district to the 2012 - 2013 school year.
Ayes (14): Flanagan, Lanza, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Seward, Oppenheimer, Addabbo, Breslin, Montgomery, Serrano
Ayes W/R (3): Avella, Stavisky, Huntley
Excused (1): Farley
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to providing a supplemental valuation impact grant to the West Valley central school district
PURPOSE: To provide a $500,000 supplemental valuation impact grant to the West Valley central school district.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amending subdivision 3 of section 3641 of the education law.
JUSTIFICATION: The West Valley central School District is in the vicinity of the West Valley Nuclear Demonstration project site, a now defunct project. The real property tax school funding system that New York state uses to fund its public school system disproportionately hurts West Valley, since they have little real property to tax, given that most of their land is state-owned, and as such is tax exempt, primarily as a result of the West valley Nuclear Demonstration Project that folded. Also, the School District is a small, rural, relatively poor area with little tax base to begin with.
Assessment data for 2009 shows that $832,521,000 out of the district's estimated $939,610,000 tax base is tax exempt in the West Valley Central School District. This equates to 93% tax exempt lands. New York State-owned lands account for 83% of this exemption. If taxable, this land at full value would equal over 15 million dollars of tax revenue per school year to the district.
The West Valley Central School District finds itself in a situation unique from most other schools in the state in that 93% of their land is property tax exempt. This bill was requested by the school district to help offset the loss of revenues that they incur due to their tax exempt lands.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S.8189 Referred to Rules
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: $500,000, subject to appropriation in the state budget.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 859--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. YOUNG -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education -- recommitted to the Committee on Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to providing a supple- mental valuation impact grant to the West Valley central school district THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 3641 of the education law, as added by section 29-a of part B of chapter 57 of the laws of 2008, para- graph a as amended by section 31 of part A of chapter 57 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: 3. Supplemental valuation impact grants. a. In addition to apportion- ments otherwise provided by section thirty-six hundred two of this arti- cle, for aid payable in the two thousand
[eight]TWELVE--two thousand [nine and two thousand nine--two thousand ten]THIRTEEN school [years]YEAR, the [amounts]AMOUNT specified in [paragraphs]PARAGRAPH c [and d]of this subdivision shall be paid for the purpose of providing addi- tional funding for A school [districts]DISTRICT which [have experienced a significant financial hardship caused by an extraordinary change in the taxable property valuation or extraordinary judgments resulting from tax certiorari proceedings]HAS MORE THAN EIGHTY-THREE PERCENT OF ITS REAL PROPERTY CLASSIFIED AS TAX EXEMPT. b. The purpose of this subdivision is to provide financial assistance to A school [districts]DISTRICT which [have experienced a significant reduction in the taxable full value of the school district or extraor- dinary tax certiorari judgments]HAS MORE THAN EIGHTY-THREE PERCENT OF ITS REAL PROPERTY CLASSIFIED AS TAX EXEMPT. The legislature finds thatEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03727-02-2 S. 859--A 2
[districts for which a judgment was made resulting from a tax certiorari proceeding which is larger than the total budget of the school district for school year two thousand seven--two thousand eight or for school districts]DISTRICT which [have observed a reduction of taxable real property of more than seventy-five percent between school year two thousand five--two thousand six and school year two thousand eight--two thousand nine]HAS MORE THAN EIGHTY-THREE PERCENT OF ITS REAL PROPERTY CLASSIFIED AS TAX EXEMPT DURING SCHOOL YEAR TWO THOUSAND TWELVE--TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN may benefit from temporary additional assistance. c. To the [Barker central school district, there shall be paid one million three hundred thousand dollars ($1,300,000). Such grant shall be payable to the Barker central school district in accordance with the payment schedules contained in section thirty-six hundred nine-a of this article, notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary. d. To the Haverstraw-Stony Point central school district, there shall be paid two million five hundred thousand dollars ($2,500,000). Such grant shall be payable to the Haverstraw-Stony Point central school district in accordance with the payment schedules contained in section thirty-six hundred nine-a of this article, notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary]WEST VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, THERE SHALL BE PAID FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($500,000). SUCH GRANT SHALL BE PAYABLE TO THE WEST VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PAYMENT SCHEDULES CONTAINED IN SECTION THIRTY-SIX HUNDRED NINE-A OF THIS ARTICLE, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.