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Rivertowns Schools Benefit From Additional State Funding

The 2013-14 New York State budget includes increases for the Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley and Hasitngs public schools.
The 2013-14 New York State budget includes increases for the Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley and Hasitngs public schools. Photo Credit: New York State

RIVERTOWNS, N.Y. -- Local Rivertowns school district will benefit from the recently-passed 2013-14 state budget after $436 million in additional funding was restored to public schools.

Ardsley schools will received a 9 percent increase in funding compared to last year, which amounts to $456,608. Dobbs Ferry will see a 4 percent hike, at $164.438, and Hastings-on-Hudson schools will receive $207,892, or a 5 percent increase from last year.

The budget, which was passed on March 28 and went into effect on April 1, was a bipartisan plan according to State Assembly member Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh), whose district includes the three villages.

"Working in a bipartisan fashion, legislators were able to restore significant funding for education that was cut in the Executive Budget, and then add some more," Abinanti said in a statement.

The 2013-14 state budget includes $21 billion for schools, which is more than $936 million more than the 2012-13 budget allowed.

The additional funds will help local school districts that are currently creating their 2013-14 school budgets that are to be voted on by the public in May.

New York State Public Schools are under a state-imposed tax cap, which went into effect in June 2011 and limits districts from raising tax levies by more than 2 percent.

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