Q: What does the term “planned deficit” refer to with regard to the District’s 2014-2015 budget?
A: This term means that the District’s planned expenditures will exceed our anticipated revenues for the 2014-2015 school year.
Q: How does the School District plan to make up for the difference between the budgeted expenditures and anticipated revenues?
A: The School District anticipates a planned deficit for the 2014-2015 school year of over $2.3 million. In order to ensure the budget is balanced, we will need to utilize approximately $1.3 million in reserve funds and, in accordance with the District’s Corrective Action Plan submitted to the New York State Comptroller’s Office, apply $1 million in liquidated tax certiorari purchase orders. These are one-time revenues necessary to close the planned deficit.
Q: How does the use of the $2.3 million in one-time revenues to cover the planned deficit for the 2014-2015 school year impact the District’s planning for the 2015-2016 school year?
A: Next year, as the School District begins the process of budgeting for the 2015-2016 school year, we will be facing a continued deficit of $2.3 million. This deficit will be in place before any contractually-mandated increases in employee compensation, benefits and other expenses are factored into the budget process.
Q: Will there be reductions in staffing or programs for students as part of the budget for the 2014-2015 school year?
A: As a result of declining enrollment of students with special needs who require Teaching Assistant support, one Teaching Assistant position will be reduced through this budget process. Due to attrition, one Assistant Maintenance Mechanic position will be reduced. All other staffing positions and programs will remain in place for the 2014-2015 school year.
Q: I want to make my voice heard on behalf of the School District community to support the end of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has cost our District over $12.7 million in anticipated State aid over the past five years. How can I help with this important cause?
A: See the District’s website at www.ramapocentral.org. The website contains a letter which you can send under your name to our elected officials expressing your concern about the impact the GEA has had on our District and other school districts throughout New York State.
Q: Since 2009-10, how often has voter approval exceeded 60%?
A: Analysis of School Budget Votes 2009-2014:
60% Voter Approval
Q: What is a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes)?
A: An agreement that allows a owner of real property that is subject to taxation to be relieved of tax payments and to instead make annual payments in lieu of taxes to the various taxing jurisdictions (village, town, county, school district).
Q: Why would a PILOT be advantageous to the Taxing Entity?
A: Provides a fixed annual payment over an agreed number of years. From the perspective of the taxing jurisdictions, it promotes the business and industry base in the community.
Q: What are the current PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreements for the district?
A: Airmont Gardens Senior Rental Community 58,670
Empire Executive Inn 124,727
Fountain View Senior Living Community 21,052
Manhattan Beer Distributors 361,136
Millennium Pipeline 252,000
Montebello Commons Independent Living Community 23,350
Ramapo Housing Authority 20,415
Raymour & Flanigan 956,390
Sentry Industries* 38,992
Spook Rock United Elderly Partners 57,931
*Expires at the end of 2013-14 School Year
Q: How does RCSD tax levy and budget proposed tax levy compare to other districts in Rockland County?
Tax Levy (%)
Q: What is the total value of the tax exempt properties in the School District?
2013-2014 RCSD ASSESSED VALUE
RCSD Total Property Assessed Value
RCSD Tax Exempt Property Assessed Value
RCSD Taxable Property Assessed Value
Q: Please provide a list of tax exempt properties in the School District.
GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL
CHRIST CHURCH OF RAM
CONG ATERES TZVI
ESTHER GITLOW TOWERS
ST JOAN OF ARC CHURCH
SACRED HEART CHURCH
TALLMAN FIRE DEPT
RAMAPO VALLEY AMBULANCE
SISTER SERVANTS OF MARY
SUFFERN FREE LIBRARY
BETH MEDRASH HAGODOL
AMERICAN FRIENDS OF KOLLEL OITZER SHAS
CONG SHAAREY ISRAEL
SISTERS OF LIFE
ROCKLAND HOME FOR THE AGED HOUSING
CONG ZICHRON EREZ
MONTEBELLO JEWISH CENTER
ST MARY'S INDIAN ORT
ST PATRK CTHDRL IN NYC
RAMAPO VT MEMRL BLDG
L & M AIRMONT LLC
METRO NORTH COMM RR
CONG MESIFTA OHEL TO
TORAH HIGH SCHOOL OF RIVERDALE
GATES OF PRAISE
ST JAMES MAR THOMAS
YESHIVA CHOFETZ CHAI
TALMUD TORAH OHR YOC
NEW JERSEY STATE
NEW VISTAS OF ROCKLAND
PASCACK VALLEY LEARN
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
HIGH MOUNTAIN CRYSTAL
CONG SIACH YITZCHOK
VENTURE CARES OPTION
TALLMAN BIBLE CHURCH
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOC
AMERICAN LEG PST #85
WEST CONG OF JEVOVAH
CHOFETZ CHAIM HERITA
CRYSTAL RUN VILLAGE
AMERICAN LEG PST #16
ROCKLAND COUNTY IDA
CONG KHAL BOSTON
CONG BRESLOV OF ROCK
IGLESIA SEGUNDA NUEV
CONG K'HAL CHASIDIM
CHEVRA ZECHER L'MIRI
CONG SHOMREI DERECH
J B VAN DUNK
HOMES FOR THE EXCEPT
WESLEY CHAPEL UNITED
ROCKLAND COUNTY YOUNG MENS CHRISTIAN ASSOC
GRACE BPTST CH SUFFERN
VIOLA UNITED METHODIST
SLOATSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY
TORAH OUTREACH PROJE
KOLLEL SHAS KEREN
REFORMED CHURCH OF WEST NEW HEMPSTEAD
BROOK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF RC
CONG KOLLEL HORABONI
CONG ABU SHOLEM SHAB
GIBSON MEETING HALLS
Q: How many districts presented budgets above the tax cap that required the 60% supermajority voter approval and how many of those were approved?
A: In 2013-14, of the 676 school districts within New York State only 28 attempted to over-ride the tax cap. Only 10 of those districts achieved the required 60% majority. According to the NYS Comptroller, only 38 school districts are planning to exceed the maximum allowable tax levy for the 2014-15 school year.*
* District taxpayers will not be eligible for the Real Property Tax Freeze Credit if their local school district exceeds the maximum allowable tax levy.
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