The proposed 2021-22 state budget contains $216.8 million for Cattaraugus County school districts, an increase of $6.1 million.
More than half of that increase is from federal stimulus coronavirus aid, which the state used for a local district funding adjustment.
The adjustment, or cut, is either the amount of the federal stimulus or the district’s STAR payment, whichever is lower.
The New York State Association of School Business Officers is conducting a webinar on Friday when Bilotta and others hope to receive additional information.
Changes in the budget include merging five line items into one — services aid, Bilotta said. It makes analysis a little harder.
“That’s wrong,” Assemblyman Joseph Giglio, R-Gowanda, said Wednesday when he heard state aid was being reduced by the amount of federal stimulus aid to New York school districts received.
“That federal aid was sent on the basis of need,” Giglio said. “They should still get that amount. They shouldn’t adjust the amount of state aid because the school districts received COVID-19 stimulus aid.”
The Gowanda assemblyman who represents Cattaraugus and Allegany counties and part of Steuben County, said the Republican Conference was scheduled to be briefed on the budget late on Wednesday.
The $103.4 billion budget proposed by Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday contains a total of $31.2 billion for state education aid. $27.3 billion is from state revenues and $3.8 billion is from the supplemental federal COVID-19 stimulus aid.
The total change in total state revenues destined for public K-12 education is up $848.7 million, while the change in direct state funding going to education is down $595.1 million. The change in total school districts support is up $2.1 billion.
Cattaraugus County school districts, their proposed 2021-22 state aid and the percent increase follows:
Olean — $30.1 million, up 1.5%
Allegany-Limestone — $16.6 million, up 1.45%
Cattaraugus-Little Valley — $20.5 million, up 4.3%
Ellicottville — $4.4 million, up 3.3%
Franklinville — $16 million, up 4.9%
Gowanda — $21.1 million, up 4.7%
Hinsdale — $7.9 million, up 3%
Pioneer — $41.9 million, up 4%
Portville — $13.8 million, up 3%
Randolph — $14.7 million, up 5%
Salamanca — $24 million, down 0.8%
West Valley — $5.3 million, up 3.3%.