Poloncarz schedules conversations on school districts

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz delivers his State of the County Address at the Buffalo Museum of Science on March 8th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has scheduled three community conversations on school districts throughout the month of May.

At each event, the Mr. Poloncarz will present a powerpoint presentation on his administration’s report examining school district expenses which compare spending and administrative costs in Erie County schools.

“Since 2015 Erie County municipalities have participated in shared services panels, identifying millions of dollars in recurring annual savings to taxpayers, including as part of the 2017 comprehensive panel mandated by New York State. Erie County and its municipalities levy only 36% of the property taxes assessed in the county and have participated in shared services initiatives with good results, while school districts levy 52% of property taxes but were not been required to participate in the 2017 panel. As such we felt it was important to look at potential savings that could occur in the area that is the biggest cost driver of property taxes – school districts,” said Mr. Poloncarz.

His report makes an example of unnecessary administrative costs found in the five school districts that service the Town of Cheektowaga.

Poloncarz Schedules Conversations on School Districts:

  • Monday, May 7, 2018: 7:00PM – 8:30 PM  North Collins Public Library, 2095 School Street, North Collins NY 14111
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM   Newstead Public Library, 33 Main Street, Akron NY 14001
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM     Julia Boyer Reinstein Library, 1030 Losson Road, Cheektowaga NY 14227

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