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Brighton CSD proposing to raise NYS property tax cap for budget

May 14, 2019 11:16 PM

BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WHEC) -- There's a balancing act happening in the Brighton Central School District right now. 

The superintendent tells News10NBC it's proposing a budget that would exceed the tax cap for this year. 

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Kevin McGowan says taxpayers would pay 4.89 percent. That's well above the state's 2.3 percent tax cap. 

McGowan says it would ideally be a one-time only thing to maintain programs and pay the bill that's come due on the district's capital project. He says it's because Brighton is only receiving 50 percent of the state aid that they're due. 

"Our biggest challenge in this district is that the state's not fulfilling its obligation in state aid," said McGowan. "It's due to provide us with $16 million based on our students and our student's needs. That's what the state tells us we should get and we're only due to receive $8 million. That's only 50 percent. Pittsford is getting 63 percent, Penfield 70 percent."

Tuesday night was the district's annual budget hearing following eight open houses and multiple community forums. 

The budget vote is Tuesday, May 21 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Brighton High School.

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