By a unanimous vote of the Brooklyn City Schools Board of Education, the District will seek voter approval on a measure that will generate 6.9 mills of additional funding, or approximately $2.25 million each year for a 10-year period of time, on this May’s ballot. The issue is intended to offset more than $14 million in statewide cuts from the elimination of the Tangible Personal Property Tax Reimbursement over a 12-year period of time between 2010 and 2022 and will help fund district operational costs. The Brooklyn City Schools has already enacted internal cost-cutting measures totaling approximately $535,000 for the 2018-2019 School Year, and once again, finds itself in the dire situation to ask the voters for their support. This particular issue is an emergency request, meaning that there is a 10-year limit on the funding source before requiring another vote by the public, rather than the continuous request the Brooklyn City Schools pursued on the November 2018 ballot. “The Brooklyn City Schools listened to the community, and amended our issue so that the voters could weigh in over time,” said Brooklyn City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Gleichauf. “The need to offset the statewide funding cuts, however, remains as clear today as it was last November.” The District is planning to partner with its campaign committee, Support our Schools, to share the facts about this issue with the community over the next several months. Please be sure to check back to the District website and social media with more pertinent updates regarding the Brooklyn City Schools May 2019 ballot initiative.