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School district asks for "call to action" regarding GEA

Posted: Updated: Dec 4, 2013 03:23 PM

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – The East Greenbush Central School District is introducing a "call to action" community effort due to cuts in education aid.

The school district is calling on Governor Cuomo to get rid of a cost saving law that East Greenbush says has cost the district more than $16 million since 2010.

The Gap Elimination Adjustment was first introduced across the state in 2010 as a way to help close New York State's $10 billion budget deficit.

Cuts are made from each New York school district across the board and East Greenbush says the $16 million it has lost since then has been devastating. 

Interim superintendent Ralph Lyons says they would have to possibly raise property taxes in order to keep up with the GEA and that isn't an option that sits well with them.

"The economy in this area has declined so there is going to be a tremendous burden on these taxpayers in the district if we don't recoup some of this money," explained Lyons.

Community members are asked to send the letters our in December and January because of the state budget process.

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