Friday, May 17, 2019

  

Monticello, Roscoe financial relief bills pass in Senate

ALBANY – The State Senate passed bills to protect Monticello Central School District from losing $1.9 million and Roscoe Central School District from losing $1.11 million in building aid. Both were assessed as penalties for the late filing of final capital cost reports related to building repairs.

Both measures, sponsored by Senator Jennifer Metzger (D, Rosendale), were approved in that house, and companion bills, sponsored by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, Forestburgh), have been referred to the Education Committee.

Monticello had previously received a partial amnesty and has already been paying the assessed penalties. As a result, Metzger said children in the district, where 70 percent are economically disadvantaged, are being deprived of funding and are “essentially being punished for clerical errors that occurred over a decade ago.”

Roscoe operates on a $9 million annual budget and must pay $100,000 per year for 10 years, which would amount to about two percent of its annual tax levy.

 

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