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Action to Eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)

  

District Initiative to Eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)

All residents are encouraged to join in the district’s efforts to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) by participating in a letter writing campaign.

The Freeport School District is aggressively engaged in an island wide initiative to seek legislative support to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) starting with the 2014-2015 school year. The GEA, a formula in the state budget that reduces the amount of state aid each school district is entitled to receive, was introduced in the 2009-2010 school year to partially offset the state’s own $10 billion budget deficit.

The Freeport School District has lost approximately $30,000,000 in state aid over the past four years because of the GEA. Freeport has lost more state aid, as a result of the GEA, than any other school district in Nassau County. The GEA along with state aid reductions, combined with insufficient mandate relief and the enactment of the property tax levy cap, has created irreversible financial consequences for the Freeport School District.

As a resident of the Freeport School District, a taxpayer and a voter, your participation in this important letter writing campaign is critical to the success of our efforts to eliminate the GEA.

Please read the Gap Elimination Adjustment brochure provided, then use the sample letter along with the mailing list of local legislators to send letters to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and our legislators in Albany asking for the elimination of the GEA beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.

 

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