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Lansing, NY: School costs up due to SPED

April 25, 2017, Ithaca.com (Ithaca, NY): Lansing school district budget tax levy sees large increase http://www.ithaca.com/news/lansing/lansing-school-district-budget-tax-levy-sees-large-increase/article_6e0c7b30-2477-11e7-8133-af9232b80407.html The Lansing Central Schools Board of Education unanimously passed a $29,152,000 budget at its Monday, April 12 meeting, an increase of 3.94 percent over last year due to the loss of taxes on a local PILOT. The long-awaited, though not sought after, decline in the valuation of the Cayuga Power Plant is decreasing the total Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) budget line by 27.58 percent. The result will be an increase in property taxes as the proposed tax cap levy will rise from $17.2 million last school year (2016-17) to $18,345,539 the upcoming school year. It’s an increase of 3.94 percent. … Instructional costs will increase 5.08 percent based on more special education needs. King said some have already been taken cost-wise this year and there are some coming up they’ll know they need to spend. Transportation is also up 3.06 percent due to special needs. King said the buses are going a long way and the closest programs for children with autism are in Binghamton and Cortland, “which is why we’re hoping BOCES expands,” she said.