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Poughkeepsie schools budget includes a 4.75 % tax increase

Poughkeepsie schools budget includes a 4.75 % tax increase

PUCKHKEEPSIE Superintendent Dr. Eric Rosser said the Poughkeepsie City School District is preparing a $140.1 million budget that will keep staffing and student programming in place even though state money is expected to drop by $1.4 million. More than 300 school districts in New York, including Poughkeepsie, are expecting a decrease in funding for 2024–2025.

Dr. Rosser expressed disappointment at the proposed state aid budget, saying it amounts to a disinvestment in the significant and research-based work Poughkeepsie has been doing over the past four years. The trajectory of student success in Poughkeepsie has changed as a result of our five-year strategic plan, and among many other accomplishments, this has led to all elementary schools obtaining New York State Education Department Good Standing accountability status for the first time in thirteen years.

According to Rosser, the budget proposal represents a pledge to exert every effort to prevent service cuts in the wake of the anticipated reduction in state financing. He expressed pride in the fact that the proposed budget for 2024–25 preserves the present level of student programming intact and prevents any staff members from losing their jobs with the Poughkeepsie City School District.

According to Rosser, “We’ve been careful with how we manage our resources and responsible with how we use taxpayer money to support student success both now and in the future.” In order to bridge the difference and keep moving forward, we intend to use a significant portion of our money balance. According to Rosser, creating the district’s budget was made more difficult by the loss of COVID relief, the effect of inflation, and the adoption of three collective bargaining agreements that were resolved within the past year, in addition to taking into consideration a drop in state funding.

A draft of the detailed budget was recently presented to the board by Ken Silver, the assistant superintendent for business for the district. With a 4.75 percent tax increase, the proposed $140,123,358 budget is 3.1% higher than the authorized $135,957,853 budget from the previous year. Rosser took notice of Silver and said he would be working over the next few weeks to bring the tax hike down to a percentage that takes into consideration the local economy. According to Rosser, it will be far simpler to reduce the tax rise if part or all of the state aid decrease is restored.

The formal budget hearing is set for May 7 ahead of the community vote on May 21, and the Board is expected to accept the budget following the state’s release of its final budget during the first week of April.

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