Tom Reed Partners with Salamanca School District to Secure 30 Percent Cut in Property Taxes
Tom Reed congratulated the Salamanca City Central School District and its residents today on approving a school budget which cuts property taxes by 30 percent and increases funding supporting its students. Earlier this year Reed announced $2.7 million in federal impact aid for the Salamanca School District.
“It’s a win-win for the Salamanca community: taxpayers have more money in their pockets from reduced taxes and students get the benefit of stronger programs in their schools,” Reed said of the impact aid. “Our partnership with the school district is the right thing to do to care for students and their teachers and gives taxpayers a fair break.”
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. While school officials initially estimated the tax rate would be reduced by about ten percent, today that number is tripled because of the federal impact aid.
“Rep. Reed’s support has allowed Salamanca to benefit and receive much needed tax relief and an ability to substantially increase services to all students,” said Salamanca Superintendent Robert Breidenstein. “Additional accelerated courses, remedial supports, athletic facility and team enhancements long delayed in this difficult economic climate have now been addressed. This financial support will help our community, local, state and federal officials to transform our district into a 21st Century center of excellence. Without Rep. Reed’s assistance, we would have been like so many districts struggling with both financial and instructional insolvency. Tom has moved us leaps and bounds away from the pending financial cliff, and for that as a district we are grateful.”
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.