The NYSED website has identified the Belfast CSD as having non-public school students within its authority. Every non-public school student in the Belfast CSD area represents a school budget savings because this district is required to provide a basic education to these students should they return to Belfast CSD.
Below are the 2013-2014 the budget savings that non-public school parents are providing every taxpayer in NYS and in the Belfast CSD.
NYS resident tax savings provided by non-public school parents:
- NY Non-public school enrollment – 507,825 students
- Median per student expense for NY public school education – $22,500
- Value of education entitled to but not rendered – $11,452,469,400 (that number is in the billions)
- Proposed tuition assistance via the Education Tax Credit for non-public parents – 1.0% return on the value of unclaimed mandatory services.
Belfast CSD budget/enrollment with non-public school parents subsidizing the mandatory costs.
- Proposed spending: $8,870,918
- Public School Enrollment: 370
- Per Student Expense: $23,975
Belfast CSD budget reflecting all non-public students returning for their rights to a basic public education:
- Non-Public School Enrollment: 27
- Additional Cost To Belfast CSD: $647,337
- Corrected Budget: $9,518,255
- Required Budget Increase: 7.30%
Whether or not the number above is large or small, there are non-public schools across NY state subsidizing your local property and state income taxes by an estimated $11.4 billion dollars.
If you live in or near this district and the non-public school closes, you may wish something more had been done.
Many of the operators of the non-public schools have said that they will be closing more schools unless something is done. There is a bill called the Education Tax Credit that offers non-public school parents a small tuition assistance program of $500 plus allowances for people to donate to scholarship funds for students. Neither portion of the proposal involves a reduction in funding to the Belfast CSD or any other public schools. This small amount of help may prevent school budget increases of 4,638% for parents and taxpayers in other districts. Call your Albany representatives to find out where they stand.
All numbers based on freely available information at the NYSED website and assume that students without a non public option will return to the local public option.