Proposed Buffalo Budget's Effect on Buffalo Public Schools

Will the upcoming budget help lower the deficit?

Mike Baggerman
May 02, 2017 - 4:00 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Will Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s proposed investment in the Buffalo Public Schools be enough to turn the tide in the school’s budget deficit?

In the mayor’s budget proposal on Monday he sought to provide an additional $500,000 for the schools for the next five years, which is anticipated to yield an additional $2.5 million to the city schools for the next five years. Buffalo Public Schools currently receives support from the city which includes 51% of the property tax levy in the city. The Buffalo Public Schools currently has a $10.2 million budget deficit for 2017-2018 and are projecting a $116.5 million deficit over the next three years, according to The Buffalo News.

While Brown’s budget recommendation does include some added funding for the school, $2.5 million will hardly put a dent in the deficit over the long term. The mayor also proposed not raising property taxes for city residents, meaning the district will need to explore other avenues for lower the deficit.

The mayor also proposed $500,000 for the “Say Yes Buffalo”, an education program which provides scholarships and grants to students. Its goal is to increase high school and post-secondary completion rates.

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