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Note: the school board tells me 19.3% is wrong, so I have to figure that out. The figures in the table are all drawn from the superintendent’s Powerpoint of 4/19/2016.

In the past 6 years, with the economy stagnant and inflation extremely low (this year’s inflation cap was 0.12%), IUFSD taxes have risen 19.3%.

For a 19.3% increase to be sustainable, we need taxpayers whose incomes are also rising at that rate.

That’s the issue: not the salaries and benefits we pay, but the rate of increase in those salaries. 

YEAR……. BUDGET % BUDGET INCREASE YEAR-TO-YEAR TAX RATE PER MILLION ($ PER MILLION) % INCREASE IN TAX RATE
2011-12 $50,324,892 0.91% $592.19 3.54%
2012-13 $51,156,000 1.65% $613.84 3.66%
2013-14 $54,070,000 5.70% $645.81 5.21%
2014-15 $56,294,000 4.11% $665.35 3.03%
2015-16 $57,664,000 2.43% $690.14 3.73%
2016-17 $58,688,325 1.15% $698.78 1.25%
 
TOTAL % INCREASE IN TAX RATE: 18.0%

SOURCE: 04 19 16 2016-17 Budget Development Presentation Budget Adoption v4 final

AND SEE: Schools’ property-tax cap for coming year: 0.12% by Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief 5:09 p.m. EST January 20, 2016

Percent increase in spending across the years 

From “This Week in the Irvington Schools” 9/28/2013:

IHS Teacher Mr. Barry Named as Mercy College Westchester/Rockland Outstanding Teacher of the Year

We are very excited to announce that Mr. Chris Barry has been named as the recipient of the Mercy College Westchester/Rockland Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for 2013. Mr. Barry has committed 24 exceptional years to the field of education, the last 14 here in Irvington. Both in the classroom as well as on the track and cross country course, Mr. Barry has consistently demonstrated an incredible way of connecting with students and supporting their advanced learning. We are honored to acknowledge Mr. Barry as the recipient of this prestigious award.

Wonderful!

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Screenshot Fordham US map | State Standards 2010

Source:
The State of State Standards — and the Common Core — in 2010
By Sheila Byrd Carmichael, Gabrielle Martino, Kathleen Porter-Magee, and W. Stephen Wilson
July 2010
Thomas Fordham Institute