Tom Reed Announces $2.7 Million Released to Salamanca School District That will Decrease Property Taxes for Residents
Tom Reed today announced a $2.7 million dollar impact aid award for the Salamanca School District. Reed worked closely with the school district throughout the course of the year to secure the impact aid and ensure the district received access to funding due.
“As a direct result of the aid, taxes in the area will decrease, giving taxpayers more money in their pockets,” Reed said. “Supporting this investment is the right thing to do to care for students and educators and is fair for taxpayers who will see lower taxes because of the impact aid. Today’s announcement is proof that by working together and following through, we can see district priorities of lowering taxes and supporting education through to fruition.”
“The Salamanca City Central School applauds the commitment and support we have received from Congressman Reed,” said Superintendent Robert Breidenstein. “Access to these funds will permit the district to accomplish three pressing and necessary tasks: lower the tax burden experienced by our community, expand programming for at risk students, and provide needed development opportunities for staff to enable their continued professional development in meeting the needs of students with disabilities. The joint cooperation between Congressman Reed and the District is the model of interagency and grassroots cooperation to address the needs of a community.”
Reed’s office helped guide the school district through the impact aid application process and wrote a letter of support to the U.S. Department of Education on the district’s behalf. Reed met with Superintendent Breidenstein in November at the Salamanca Junior-Senior High School to make the announcement to teachers and students that the funding had been secured.
“Impact aid is a lifeline for school districts like Salamanca that rely on federal funds to make up for lost property tax revenue,” Reed continued. “Now the school district can make plans on a long-term basis knowing with certainty what their budget will be. We will continue to partner with the school district so that it receives the help it needs in upcoming school years.”
Salamanca School District officials say that because of the impact aid, the tax rate for the school district in the upcoming school year will likely be decreased by about ten percent.
School districts like Salamanca with large populations of students living on tax-exempt Indian lands have been some of the primary recipients of this aid historically. The Salamanca School District has been operating on a budget where roughly 38 percent of the students are part of the Seneca Nation of Indians, and reside in properties that are tax-exempt.
More on Reed’s visit to the Salamanca School District here.