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School Board Looks To Create New Sources of Revenue

Naming rights and advertising are just some of the possibilities.

As the Port Washington School District works on the 2013-14 budget in a struggling economy and in the face of state mandates, the school board is looking at creating new sources of revenue.

“As we go forward in tax cap challenge environment, we need to come up with a large amount of money from other sources than tax receipts,” said Alan Baer, a school board member, at Tuesday’s board meeting at Schreiber High School.

And while Baer gave credit to the fundraising capacities of local organizations such as the Port Washington Education Foundation and HSAs, “the reality is we need to find streams of hundreds of thousands dollars or face continued erosion,” he said.

Possibilities to consider include advertising around the turf field and naming rights, Baer said. Other ideas include approaching “graduates of Schreiber who have gone on to do wonderful, prosperous things,” and corporations that donate equipment, Baer noted.

Adding that they might not come forward, Baer noted that there are several local billionaires who might want to help.  “It’s not going to hurt to have a group of people to put together a sustainable program where we court some of them,” he said, pointing out that “it wouldn’t take a lot” to “go a long way inside our seven buildings."

Baer expected to develop more ideas on creating new sources of revenue in the next month or so.

Watch the full webcast of Tuesday's school board meeting.

Archie Bunker January 27, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Probably save some money too -- School Board does not need to incur the costs of holding a special election It appears that NJ has the option of doing so. Perhaps it is time for NY to do the same http://www.state.nj.us/education/finance/fp/dwb/PL2011c202FAQ.pdf
sadeto January 27, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Given NY state law, which calls for mandatory budget increases when school budgets fail to pass, simply going to the polls to vote no is not the answer. And given NY state law protects teacher contracts through mandatory arbitration, and protects their pensions in the state constitution itself, boards do not have many options except not to hire new teachers, cut programs and avoid capital expenses. In other words, there are no answers. There is absolutely no possibility of property tax relief in our lifetimes. Accept it and move on with your lives.
Merrick7 January 27, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I am sorry to correct you, you may not be aware of what part of the property tax cap changed. In new law if the first budget fails to pass a contingency budget is proposed. In years past the contingency budget automatically became the budget when the budget proposal failed. Now if the contingency budget fails in the second vote, there is a ZERO percent increase in the budget from the past year. It no longer automatically goes up.
Port North Resident January 27, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Merrick7 here is the real problem because of the Triborough amendment even if the budget is voted down twice with no increase, play this out, there will be no layoffs teachers will still get their salary increases but everything that is there to enhance kids education will be cut: art, music, sports, field trips. The only way for the public to really control spending without completely destroying our kids education is to make all raises for teachers, administrators contingent on budgets passing. Unfortunately, that will never happen until the public realizes that our schools have become jobs programs for adults and less about educating kids. Kids should not have to suffer a loss because teachers and administrators are given raises despite the publics rejection of the school budget!
sadeto January 28, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Merrick7, I am aware of the new law, which you and others blindly insist on referring to as the "tax cap" law, which is exactly what Albany wants you to think it is. But it isn't. Take the time to read it. Only one part of the formula which determines tax levies is subject to a cap. Many significant parts are excluded: pension obligations, capital expenditures, liability awards, are not capped. "Zero" percent increase? Uh, not going to happen. The zero applies only to that part of the levy that is subject to the " cap". Given the rise in pension obligations, is almost impossible for a district on this island to have a zero percent increase unless voters want to slash programs and freeze hiring and drastically increase class sizes. And if you think a 2% cap would really lead to anything resembling tax relief in your lifetime, if it really were a cap (which it isn't), you have to sit down and do some math. Keeping in mind the true value of median wage increases after inflation in the past forty years. We are not going to see property tax relief in our lifetimes.

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