District Officials Meet With Nassau County Legislature on Taxable Status of Green Acres Mall
On June 19th, members of Valley Stream District 30’s administration and
Board of Education met with the Nassau County Legislature regarding the
revocation of the Green Acres Mall Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) and
the Mall’s taxable status for the 2017-18 school year. Superintendents
and representatives from the other Valley Stream component districts, as
well as a number of community residents, also attended the meeting.
District 30 officials advocated that, in light of the Industrial
Development Agency’s decision to revoke the Green Acres Mall PILOT, that
the Mall properties be restored to their full taxable status for the
2017-18 school year. Despite repeated attempts for information
concerning the Mall’s taxable status, District 30 has yet to receive any
update on the matter. “This lack of information is extremely
concerning,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Nicholas Stirling.”
“Our district must set its tax levy for the 2017-18 school year by
August 15, 2017; without knowing the taxable status of the mall, the
district will be forced to calculate the tax levy without accounting for
the mall’s share. This could potentially shift $14 million to the
residents of our community, a burden I know they cannot bear.”
The potential shift in the tax burden is the direct result
of the Mall property being removed from the tax rolls and no longer
paying PILOTs. “It would be a double whammy for us and would either be
devastating to our community taxpayers or to the programs we offer our
students,” said Dr. Stirling.
At the meeting on June 19th, several legislators voiced
their opinion that the decision on whether the Mall should be restored
to its full taxable status can only be decided at the state level, while
others agreed that it could be resolved locally through a “correction
of errors” process. “District 30 fully advocates that this issue needs
to be resolved at the local level so that we can have a thoughtful, yet
speedy, decision on this matter before our August 15th deadline,” said
District 30 remains committed to moving forward and working
collaboratively with its component districts. “I know that we all share
the same goal – that is to provide the best education possible for the
students of our districts, without placing undue burden on our community
taxpayers,” said Dr. Stirling. “By working together, rather than
divisively, we can accomplish more.”
District Urges Release of Information Related to Green Acres Mall
District needs answers about mall’s taxable status for establishment of the 2017-18 tax levy
The Valley Stream District 30 Board of Education and administration are
urging the Town of Hempstead and the Town of Hempstead Industrial
Development Agency to provide the Nassau County Assessor’s Office with a
decision on whether the Green Acres Mall will be restored to taxable
status for the 2017-18 school year.
In light of the IDA’s decision to revoke the payments in lieu of taxes
previously granted to Green Acres Mall, Valley Stream District 30 has
not received information related to the taxable status of the mall.
They have been in contact with the Comptroller’s Office, State Education
Department, Town of Hempstead, Town of Hempstead Industrial Development
Agency, County Legislature, Tax Assessors Office, local politicians,
Nassau BOCES District superintendent and legal counsel seeking guidance
The district must establish its tax levy for the upcoming school year by
Aug. 15, 2017. Without knowing the taxable status of the mall, the
district will once again be forced to estimate what it will receive.
This could potentially result in the district either levying more money
than needed to operate (which would negatively affect the taxpayers of
the community) or facing a revenue shortfall that could affect programs
and services provided to students. This could result in a $10 million
dollar surplus (affecting Valley Stream’s 30, 24, 13 and Central High
School taxpayers) or a $10 million dollar deficit, devastating student
“Once again, the district is seeking specific dollar amounts to complete
the 2017-18 school tax levy, ” said Superintendent of Schools Dr.
Nicholas Stirling. “It is imperative that the County legislature (which
has the authority) to place the mall back on the tax rolls and release
the information to the Assessor’s Office as soon as possible so that the
mall properties can be restored to taxable status. Valley Stream
District 30 is committed to working with all parties to resolve this
situation and do what is best for our children and taxpayers.”
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District 30 Budget Passes
Thank you to all residents who participated in the 2017-18 budget vote
and trustee election. The budget passed by a vote of 442 to 226. In
addition, Proposition #2 (Expenditure from the Capital Reserve Fund) was
approved by a vote of 521 to 147.
In addition, Matthew Khan was elected to the Board of Education. The results of the election are as follows:
Matthew Khan: 359 votes
Cristobal Stewart: 266 votes
Again, thank you to all who voted and for supporting our schools!
School Trustee Candidate Withdrawal
Please note that Hendrick Colbert (1B) has withdrawn his name from the Ballot for the School Trustee Position.