Interim Director of Budget and Finance
Anthony Cashara
845-357-7783 ext. 11241
acashara@ramapocentral.net


 

Frequently Asked Questions 


Responses will be posted as questions are received.
Please scroll for the current list of questions and answers.

Please e-mail your questions regarding the School District’s budget to budget@ramapocentral.org.




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

Year

% Yes

Levy

 

09-10

59.67%

1.98%

 

10-11

55.61%

1.99%

 

11-12

66.41%

2.50%

 

12-13

68.78%

2.68%

 

13-14

75.40%

1.99%

 

AVERAGE

65.17%

2.23%

 


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

      AVON                                                                                  308,955

      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

      TOTAL                                                                                2,223,618 

      *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?

A:


Max Allowable

Proposed


Tax Levy (%)

Budget (%)

Clarkstown

-

-

East Ramapo

2.80

2.37

Nanuet

-1.60

2.93

North Rockland

0.25

0.97

Nyack

1.81

2.40

Pearl River

0.10

1.45

Ramapo

0.82

1.85

S. Orangetown

1.05

0.61

 

 

Q: What is the total value of the tax exempt properties in the School District?

A: 58,830,963 

2013-2014 RCSD ASSESSED VALUE

RCSD Total Property Assessed Value

645,947,605

RCSD Tax Exempt Property Assessed Value

(-58,830,963)

RCSD Taxable Property Assessed Value

587,116,642

 

Q: Please provide a list of tax exempt properties in the School District.

A:

GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL

17,836,000

CHRIST CHURCH OF RAM

   358,800

SALVATION ARMY

13,292,994

CONG ATERES TZVI

   320,000

ESTHER GITLOW TOWERS

  6,273,300

ST JOAN OF ARC CHURCH

   313,800

SACRED HEART CHURCH

  1,698,100

TALLMAN FIRE DEPT

   304,100

WATCHTOWER BIBLE

  1,607,000

RAMAPO VALLEY AMBULANCE

   300,000

SISTER SERVANTS OF MARY

  1,498,000

SUFFERN UNITED

   264,100

SUFFERN FREE LIBRARY

  1,276,000

CHRIST EVANGELICAL

   258,700

BETH MEDRASH HAGODOL

  1,031,100

AMERICAN FRIENDS OF KOLLEL OITZER SHAS

   233,200

CONG SHAAREY ISRAEL

     979,300

AIRMONT CEMETERY

   208,500

SISTERS OF LIFE

     900,000

SHEKEL HAKODESH

   194,350

ROCKLAND HOME FOR THE AGED HOUSING

     755,000

CONG ZICHRON EREZ

   172,800

MONTEBELLO JEWISH CENTER

     671,000

ST MARY'S INDIAN ORT

   164,340

ST PATRK CTHDRL IN NYC

     611,000

RAMAPO VT MEMRL BLDG

   164,000

L & M AIRMONT LLC

     600,000

JAWONIO INC

   156,000

METRO NORTH COMM RR

     579,034

CONG MESIFTA OHEL TO

   152,300

AUGUSTINIAN RECOLLECTS

     575,000

JEWISH INSPIRATION

   152,100

TORAH HIGH SCHOOL OF RIVERDALE

     573,000

GATES OF PRAISE

   133,400

SUFFERN PRESBYTERIAN

   487,400

ST JAMES MAR THOMAS

 132,200

YESHIVA CHOFETZ CHAI

   476,600

TALMUD TORAH OHR YOC

 128,900

NEW JERSEY STATE

   463,302

NEW VISTAS OF ROCKLAND

 126,000

 

 

INTERNATIONAL CHRIST

 124,800

 

 

LIGHTHOUSE ASSEMBLY

 113,100

 

PASCACK VALLEY LEARN

    106,500

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

    53,000

HIGH MOUNTAIN CRYSTAL

    104,900

CONG SIACH YITZCHOK

    50,830

SLOATSBURG UNITED

    104,500

VENTURE CARES OPTION

    49,800

TALLMAN BIBLE CHURCH

    101,800

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOC

    48,900

AMERICAN LEG PST #85

      98,000

WEST CONG OF JEVOVAH

    47,500

CHOFETZ CHAIM HERITA

      90,000

SLOATSBURG CEMETERY

    47,200

CRYSTAL RUN VILLAGE

      85,600

AMERICAN LEG PST #16

    46,600

ROCKLAND COUNTY IDA

      75,900

CONG KHAL BOSTON

    45,713

CONG BRESLOV OF ROCK

      74,500

IGLESIA SEGUNDA NUEV

    44,900

CONG K'HAL CHASIDIM

      68,000

LADENTOWN VIOLA

    31,900

CHEVRA ZECHER L'MIRI

      65,700

TALLMAN CEMETERY

    30,000

CONG SHOMREI DERECH

      65,100

J B VAN DUNK

    24,600

HOMES FOR THE EXCEPT

      64,800

WESLEY CHAPEL UNITED

    21,500

ROCKLAND COUNTY YOUNG MENS CHRISTIAN ASSOC

      64,600

GRACE BPTST CH SUFFERN

     16,200

VIOLA UNITED METHODIST

      61,700

SLOATSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY

     15,000

TORAH OUTREACH PROJE

      60,900

KOLLEL SHAS KEREN

     12,000

REFORMED CHURCH OF WEST NEW HEMPSTEAD

      60,400

VIOLA CEMETERY

        7,200

BROOK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

      59,400

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF RC

           500

CONG KOLLEL HORABONI

      58,900


TOTAL


58,830,963

CONG ABU SHOLEM SHAB

      54,200

 

GIBSON MEETING HALLS

      53,600

 

 

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.