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October 20, 2018

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New State Budget Proposal Due Today; Deep Cuts Likely

Governor Paterson holds a news conference folllowing a special session on Race to the Top legislation. Photo provided by the Governor's office.UPDATE, 11AM: The first numbers are out and they are not good news for local governments and school districts.

The Governor’s budget proposes to cut municipal aid to every village, town and city in Oswego County by 5%.  The cut to the city of Fulton would eliminate more than $88,000, while the cut to the city of Oswego would take away more than $133,000.

School aid would also be cut by 5%, though there is no breakout by individual districts to indicate whether the cut is across-the-board or whether some districts will take steeper cuts than others.

Oswego School District Copes With State Aid Reduction

The governor announced Sunday that, because the state has run out of money, he is withholding $750 million in payments to school districts and others. Due to good planning, the Oswego district isn’t faced with any dire consequences at this time, the superintendent said. There is a great concern over the uncertainty of whether the withholding of the aid is permanent, he added.

Gov. Paterson: State Is Out Of Money; He Withholds Payments to Local Governments, Schools

Gov. David Paterson, announcing in New York City over the weekend that he will keep state government solvent by delaying payments to local governments and schools.  Photo provided by the Governor's office.Gov. David Paterson Sunday made good his threat to share the pain of an unbalanced state budget.

He announced he will withhold $750 million in payments to school districts, local governments and social services agencies. Paterson said these were not cuts; the state is going to hold the money longer, to make sure it has cash on hand to pay its bills.

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