Lifton: Local School Districts Receive Additional Aid from Budget Agreement

April 12, 2005

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-Tompkins/Cortland) announced that the governor has agreed to accept the Assembly and Senate’s bipartisan plan, which restores many of his proposed cuts and provides our children a quality education and a brighter future.

The bipartisan budget includes more than $5.1 million in additional state education aid to schools in Tompkins and Cortland counties over last year. Under the budget agreement:

  • Cortland receives an additional $1.09 million
  • McGraw $276,632
  • Homer $123,148
  • Dryden $726,489
  • Groton $317,352
  • Ithaca $1.99 million
  • Lansing $192,214
  • Newfield $12,653
  • Trumansburg $416,640

The Legislature’s budget restores the governor’s cuts to various expense-based aids, funds that local schools already spent and for which they are entitled to state reimbursement, including BOCES services, transportation costs, and educating students with disabilities.

The bipartisan legislative budget also helps high-need school districts – like Cortland, McGraw and Newfield – by providing each with 5 percent more in building aid reimbursements, helping to ensure our children have a safe, modern environment where they can focus on learning.

To ensure schools are spending tax dollars wisely, an additional $2.9 million was added to the state Comptroller’s office for additional school audits. The budget also includes $67,837 in additional aid to Finger Lakes libraries vetoed by the governor last year.

The Assembly and Senate passed a budget that not only invests in education and New York’s future, but is on-time. I commend the governor for joining with the Legislature and supporting this historic and fair state budget.