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Governor’s proposal shortchanges schools

Officials say aid in budget proposal is inadequate

— Plus, the district is entering into negotiations with an employee group and has inadequate fund balance. All these scenarios create a set of perfect storms, Amo said.

“We are jammed pretty tight.”

Plattsburgh City School’s aid run effectively represents a zero-percent increase.

“That has been the same amount since 2008,” said Superintendent James “Jake” Short.

Yet the district has not been immune increases in health insurance, energy, retirement and more during that time.

The district is used to no increase in aid and expected it under Cuomo’s proposal, but at the same time there had been discussion about new aid for schools.

“You can’t have cost-of-living increases and a limitation both on any form of revenue we get, which is a tax cap, which is understandable, and the state not fully funding mandated programs,” Short said. “This will be another one of those years in which what we didn’t take away before we have to talk about taking away now.

“This will be a painful budget process.”

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