Increases the allocation of state aid for school library systems affected by BOCES mergers.
BILL NUMBER: S948
TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the education law, in relation to allocation of state aid for school library systems affected by BOCES mergers
This bill would expand the provisions of Chapter 654 of the Laws of 2007 by providing enhanced merger incentive aid to the school library systems which have already merged, as well as to systems which may merge in the future.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Amends section 284 of the Education Law, as amended by Chapter 654 of the Laws of 2007, to provide enhanced merger incentive aid to school library systems which merged after 1984, or which may merge in the future.
EXISTING LAW :
Current law applies the enhanced aid only to school library systems which merge after April 1, 2008, and holds the currently merged systems at their 1986 level of aid.
Under the current school library system aid formula, each school library system receives a base State aid grant, now ranging from $83,000 to $123,000. If two systems merge, one base grant is lost, creating a financial disincentive for mergers. Merger incentive aid is intended to overcome this problem. When established in 1986, these grants were fixed at $50,000. Over the past 22 years, total State aid for libraries has increased from $70 million to $102 million, but the merger incentive grants have remained unchanged. A 2007 law increased the incentive aid for future mergers to $90,000, but left aid for the seven existing merged systems at the 1986 level.
Continued failure to update this aid level sends a negative message to school library systems, as well as to other local governments and agencies which may be contemplating mergers.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.6998/A.10348 of 2008, Passed Senate
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
$280,000 per year.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 948 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 22, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to allocation of state aid for school library systems affected by BOCES mergers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph f of subdivision 1 of section 284 of the educa- tion law, as amended by chapter 654 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows: f. In addition to any other sum provided in this subdivision, any school library system formed through an act of merger
[since]ON OR AFTER January first, nineteen hundred eighty-four shall receive [fifty]NINETY thousand dollars annually for each approved act of merger [, provided, however, that any school library system formed through an act of merger on or after April first, two thousand eight shall receive ninety thousand dollars annually for each approved act of merger]. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05191-01-9