ERIC Number: ED361856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
The Fiscal Implications of Referendum Budget Voting for New York State Small City School Districts.
LaManque, Andrew S.
This paper examines the fiscal implications of legislative proposals stemming from the 1985 repeal of the constitutional tax limit for the Small City School Districts (SCSDs) in New York. The proposals would allow SCSD residents to vote directly on the adoption of their school budget. This paper compares the annual percentage increase of school board-approved SCSD budgets with the increases approved by a demographically similar group of noncity districts required to hold a referendum. Based on the hypothesis that the referendum would act as a constraining device on SCSD annual expenditure increases, 1980 census data were used to examine 10 variables of public school expenditures in 31 SCSDs and 236 noncity districts. Findings indicate that because of the diverse demographic nature of the 31 SCSDs and because a similar group of noncity districts were found, educational policy should not be based on districts' classification of a "city school district." Second, tax limits in the early 1980s had little effect on the size of the annual budget increases, and the 31 SCSDs have not pursued a path of extraordinarily high budget increases since the removal of the tax limit. Third, there is no evidence to conclude that representative budget voting has resulted in systematically higher spending increases being adopted by the 31 smallest SCSDs. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York