senate Bill S45

Relates to the adoption of a school district budget upon the voters failing to approve a budget

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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Bill Details

Versions:
S45
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S45

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the education law, in relation to the adoption of a
school district budget upon the voters failing to approve a proposed
school district budget


PURPOSE :
The purpose of this legislation is to amend the education law to
require the adoption of a school district budget upon the voters
failing to approve a proposed school district budget.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section one of the bill would amend subdivisions four and five of
section 2022 of the Education Law to require that the sole trustee,
trustees or board of education shall adopt a final budget also called
a contingency (or austerity) budget if the voters fail to approve the
proposed school district budget. Provisions allowing for the
resubmission of the original or a revised budget to the voters would
be removed from the law.

This legislation would not change the manner in which a final budget
is adopted when the proposed budget is not approved by the voters.

Section two is an effective date section.

EXISTING LAW :
Currently, if a school district's budget proposal to the voters is
defeated the sale trustee, trustees or board of education may adopt a
final budget or resubmit to the voters the original or a revised
budget. Upon the defeat of the resubmitted budget, the sale trustee,
trustees or board of education must adopt a final budget. To prepare
and adopt the final budget, the board has the authority to levy a tax
for the sum necessary for teachers' salaries and other ordinary
contingent expenses.

JUSTIFICATION :
Every effort must be made to provide the most responsible budget to
the taxpayers of a respective school district. Current law provides
that the budget votes for school districts take place on the same day
in May, thus, increasing awareness of the vote and trying to ensure
that as many voters as possible participate in the voting process.
When voters participate they should be assured that their votes are
definitive and there will not be any "second chances" if the outcome
of the budget vote is not the outcome desired by the board of
education.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2005-2006 Education Committee (S.792-A)
2007-2008: Referred to Education (S.1541)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become law.
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