BOCES Capital Exclusion


Earlier this year, the legislature passed a bill that, if enacted, would make a targeted adjustment to the state's property tax cap by incorporating a school district's BOCES capital expenditures as part of its capital exclusion. Currently, only district capital expenditures are excluded from the tax cap calculation, despite the fact that BOCES are wholly dependent on their component districts for funding.

Similar legislation was passed in 2017, but was vetoed by the Governor who cited concerns that some BOCES capital projects are not directly approved by the voters and can present unintended consequences to the taxpayer.

The updated legislation, S. 7730 (Murphy) / A.9825 (Galef), addresses the concern about voter approval by limiting the exclusion to those BOCES capital projects directly approved by the voters.

NYSSBA is asking for your help in urging the governor to sign this bill. Here is how you can assist:

Sign on to the "Take Action" letter .

Send a letter to the Governor and "cc:" NYSSBA. Sample letters are below.

NYSSBA's memorandum in support of this bill and letter to the Governor can be accessed below. We have also included the Governor's 2017 veto message for reference.