senate Bill S7133A

Signed by Governor

Relates to the Tuckahoe common school district merger with the Southampton school district in Suffolk county

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 30 / Apr / 2014
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 30 / May / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 30 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 7133A
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1127
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A9461A
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.306
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 01 / Aug / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 05 / Aug / 2014
    • SIGNED CHAP.203

Summary

Relates to the Tuckahoe common school district merger with the Southampton school district in Suffolk county; authorizes the Southampton school district to establish a reserve for tax reduction to maintain the successor school district estimated tax rate for taxpayers of the Southampton school district existing before the voter approval of the dissolution and annexation of the Tuckahoe common school district at the level of such tax rate in the Southampton school district for the school year before the voter approval of the dissolution and annexation of the Tuckahoe common school district.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9461A
Versions:
S7133
S7133A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Suffolk County

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BILL NUMBER:S7133A

TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to the Tuckahoe common school
district merger with the Southampton school district in Suffolk county

PURPOSE:

Provides that upon voter approval of the dissolution and annexation of
the Tuckahoe Common School District into the Southampton Union Free
School District in Suffolk County, the newly merged Southampton School
District shall be authorized to establish a dedicated reserve fund for
the purpose of reducing property taxes for the residents of the
Southampton School District.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Upon voter approval of the dissolution and annexation of
the Tuckahoe Common School District into the Southampton School
District in Suffolk County, the successor school district (Southampton
School District) is authorized to establish a reserve fund to be
utilized for the purpose of lowering property taxes for district
residents.

Section 2. Directs the Southampton School District to annually provide
a detailed report of the condition of the school district reserve fund
for tax reductions.

Section 3. Provides that the funds in the school district reserve for
tax reduction shall be used to maintain Southampton School District's
estimated tax rate that was in place prior to the merger.

Section 4. Immediate effective date

JUSTIFICATION:

Tuckahoe Common School District is comprised of one school building
that educates students from pre-K to eighth grade. Most students from
Tuckahoe who advance to the high school level are sent to the
Southampton Union Free School District by way of a tuition agreement.
Tuckahoe's tuition bill is becoming over burdensome for Tuckahoe. If
Tuckahoe sent their students to a district other than Southampton,
Southampton would then experience a significant reduction in revenue
and would consequently have to cut staff, AP courses and some
electives. Further, the State's tax cap makes it difficult for each
district to raise taxes enough to solve its problems.

As a means of addressing the fiscal concerns of the districts while at
the same time, continuing to provide a quality educational program for
all of the students, the districts commissioned a study to determine
if reorganization could provide enhanced opportunities for both the
districts and the students.

In many ways, Southampton and Tuckahoe are ideal for a merger as their
demographics are similar. No new buildings or major renovations would
be necessary. Many students already know each other though the
community, sports, scouts and the local youth center. Further, the
findings of the "Reorganization Feasibility Study on Behalf of


Southampton UFSD and Tuckahoe Common SD" (prepared by the SES Study
Team, LLC) that were released in July 2013, estimated a budget for the
combined district of $71.5 million, $9 million less than the combined
budgets of the two districts last year. With wide community support,
the prospects looked promising for a merger. However, the proposal was
actually voted down when put before the voters due to the
disproportionate impact on property taxes. In a merged district, tax
rates would be equalized thereby resulting in a significant increase
in property taxes for Southampton residents.

This legislation offers a viable solution to address this legitimate
concern. Upon the approval of the voters for the dissolution and
annexation of the Tuckahoe Common School District into the Southampton
Union Free School District, the Southampton Union Free School District
would be authorized to establish a reserve for tax reduction purposes
using $9 million capital monies that Southampton currently has in
reserve to construct a new administration building which would no
longer be needed if the merger where to occur. This reserve would be
used exclusively for tax reduction purposes to ensure that the
Southampton School District's estimated tax rate that was in place in
the school year prior to the merger is maintained.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2014: New Legislation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

    S. 7133--A                                            A. 9461--A

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                             April 30, 2014
                               ___________

IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Govern-
  ment  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once  and  referred
  to  the  Committee on Education -- committee discharged, bill amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT in relation to the Tuckahoe common school  district  merger  with
  the Southampton school district in Suffolk county

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary and to trans-
fer funds from a capital reserve fund pursuant  to  this  section,  upon
voter  approval of the dissolution and annexation of the Tuckahoe common
school district into the Southampton school district in Suffolk  county,
such  successor  school  district  shall  be  authorized  to establish a
reserve for tax reduction pursuant to subdivision 37 of section 1709  of
the  education law. The proceeds of such reserve fund shall only include
the proceeds of a capital reserve fund established  by  the  Southampton
school  district  existing  before the voter approval of the dissolution
and annexation of the Tuckahoe common school district, for the  purposes
of  construction  of  a  new  district office building, where the school
board of the successor school district  determines  by  resolution  that
such  capital  project  and  reserve fund is no longer necessary for the
operation of the successor district. The proceeds of  such  reserve  for
tax  reduction shall only be utilized for tax reduction for taxpayers of
the Southampton school district existing before the  voter  approval  of
the  dissolution  and annexation of the Tuckahoe common school district,
in the manner provided for by this act.
  S 2. The successor school district shall annually provide  a  detailed
report  of  the  condition  of  the  school  district  reserve  for  tax
reduction, including but not limited to:  (a)  the  date  the  fund  was
established, (b) the balance of the fund at the close of the immediately

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14380-02-4

S. 7133--A                          2                         A. 9461--A

preceding school year, (c) the amount of interest earned at the close of
the immediately preceding school year, and (d) a schedule of the amounts
invested.
  S  3.  Funds in the school district reserve for tax reduction shall be
used to maintain the successor school district estimated  tax  rate  for
taxpayers  of  the Southampton school district existing before the voter
approval of the dissolution and annexation of the Tuckahoe common school
district at the level  of  such  tax  rate  in  the  Southampton  school
district  for  the  school year before the voter approval of the dissol-
ution and annexation of the Tuckahoe common school district.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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