$1 Billion Bump in NY State Budget Helps Some Schools, Hurts Others

On first inspection, the $1 billion increase in New York’s state budget for school aid seems like a win all around. The bonus brings the 2018-2019 allowance to a total of $26.7 billion. Yet a closer look reveals that only select schools receive an economic boost during the fiscal year. Other districts collect either a similar or lesser amount than they did the year prior.

In Dutchess County, Pawling tops the leaderboard with an 8.88 percent change in formula-based aid from 2016-2017. Pine Plains, Spackenkill, Poughkeepsie, and Arlington are also slated for a boost.

Ulster County districts fared well overall. Highland and Ellenville get the largest increases in formula-based aid, while Marlboro garners a 6.4 percent increase in foundation aid. The only “loser” among the group is Wallkill, which faces a 0.55 percent decrease in aid.

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School districts throughout Westchester can rejoice, since the large majority see a boost in both formula-based and foundation aid in the coming year. Dobbs Ferry welcomes a whopping 31.14 percent increase in formula-based aid, while Port Chester-Rye collects a 9.35 percent bonus in foundation aid. Rye, Mamaroneck, and Croton-Hudson also get the budgetary green light.

On the other side of the spectrum, Briarcliff Manor cuts 7.75 percent from its formula-based aid stores, joining Valhalla, Pleasantville, and North Salem in the “losing” ranks.

For the complete rundown of how your local schools fared, visit NYDatabases.com.

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