Rep. Boccieri Applauds Increase In State Funding To Local School Districts
Legislature restores support after governor veto
October 27, 2015
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State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) applauded today’s passage of Senate Bill 208 (SB 208), which restores funding to local school districts by reinstating the majority of tangible personal property (TPP) tax reimbursements. Governor Kasich previously vetoed TPP reimbursements for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 in the biennial budget this past June, a move that left many districts struggling to make ends meet. SB 208, however, restores all but four percent of FY 2015 funding for districts that were set to lose state money.

“This bill provides critical funding to school districts in Mahoning County that would have otherwise seen significant drops in support,” Boccieri said. “SB 208 saves our kids from losing out on the educational resources and support they need to be successful.”

Through restored TPP reimbursements, Jackson-Milton Local School District in Mahoning County will receive an additional $64,929 in state funding for FY 2017. In addition to securing reimbursements, SB 208 adjusts the phase-out process, making it easier for local school districts to adjust. Boardman Local School District will receive a full $250,038 more in total accumulated reimbursements than they would have under the current law’s scheduled two-year phase-out.

In announcing his support for SB 208 on the House floor, Rep. Boccieri cautioned that the bill itself highlights the need for a better long-term strategy for ensuring local schools receive the funding they need.

“This is a sign that it’s time to take a harder look at how our schools are funded and whether they are getting the support they need to prepare our children for the future,” Boccieri said. 

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