Towns, Schools See Aid Increases In New State Budget

March 31, 2006

Monroe County’s 19 towns and 10 villages will see nearly 20 percent increases in municipal aid under 2006-2007 budget bills agreed to by the state Assembly and Senate this week, Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle, D-Irondequoit, said today. The Legislature has also agreed upon historic new funding for local school districts as well, including nearly $30 million more for the Rochester City School District.

“This increase in aid for our local governments and schools will provide much-needed, long overdue relief for property taxpayers,” said Morelle, whose district includes the Town of Brighton and the eastern section of the City of Rochester. “Young families are leaving upstate New York because of the crushing combination of state taxes and local property taxes. By giving greater support to local governments, we have taken an important step toward reducing that burden.”

The town governments of Irondequoit and Brighton will receive $604,138 and $232,894, respectively, or 19.6 percent increases. Last Saturday, it was announced that the City of Rochester will receive $17.9 million more in municipal aid than in the previous year. That represents a 33 percent increment, the largest granted to any large city in the new budget.

Increased allocations for schools include:

  • $61 million for Rochester City School District in operating aid and capital funding.
  • $1.1 million for Brighton Central Schools.
  • $1.1 million for the East Irondequoit School District.
  • $1.2 million for the West Irondequoit School District.
  • $587,580 for the Rush-Henrietta School District.
  • $1.5 million for the Penfield Central School District.

“The Legislature has agreed upon a budget that puts a premium upon not only education, but economic development, given that today’s students will comprise tomorrow’s workforce,” Morelle said. “I encourage the governor to sign this budget on behalf of New York’s students and working families.”