The proposed Western Suffolk BOCES budget for 2019-20 results in a combined administrative and capital charge increase of 1.3 percent. Similarly to school districts, major cost factors for Western Suffolk BOCES are modest salary increases necessitated by contractual agreements and increases in health insurance costs. As a result primarily of these cost drivers, the administrative charge has increased 2.0 percent. Over the past five years, the average increase of the administrative charge has been 1.68 percent.
The capital charge increase is 0.6 percent, which is lower than the 0.78 percent average increase of the last five years.
The BOCES Board will present the budget and answer questions at its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 9 in the Large Conference Room at the Central Administration Office, 507 Deer Park Rd., Dix Hills. By law, the 18 Boards of Education within Western Suffolk BOCES will vote on the BOCES administrative budget on April 30 when local boards will also elect three members to serve three-year terms on the Western Suffolk BOCES Board.
The Western Suffolk BOCES budget for 2018-19 results in a 1.8% increase in the administrative charge and a 1.9% increase in the capital charge, for a combined increase of 1.8%. Over the past seven years, the average increase of the administrative charge has been 1.54% and the average increase for the capital charge has been 0.56%.
The total tentative BOCES budget for 2018-19 is $165,636,972. Of this, 89.5% is driven by programs and services that local school districts request. Of the remainder, 2.7% are costs of administration; 5.8% for post-retirement benefits; and 2.0% for the capital budget.
School districts that request Western Suffolk BOCES services pay a prorated service fee or tuition as itemized in a shared-services contract. School districts receive state aid on many services based on the previous year’s audited expenses of BOCES programs and services. The wealth of each component district, its aid ratio and the cost of Western Suffolk BOCES services determine how much aid participating districts receive. Local districts receive their state aid for the BOCES programs and services they used in the year following the district’s expenditures.
Western Suffolk BOCES also receives federal and state grants to support some of its programs and services.
Office of the NYS Comptroller, 2016 Report
Western Suffolk BOCES has established policies and procedures for transfers of budgeted funds and for the issuance of purchase orders. The report reviews and evaluates the extent to which these policies and controls have operated effectively.
Office of the NYS Comptroller, 2010 Report
Western Suffolk BOCES created reserves to avoid sharp increases in administrative and service costs which would then be passed on to local taxpayers. This audit examines the level of reserves for their stated purposes and the authorization for funding such reserves.
Office of the NYS Comptroller, 2009 Report
Audit of the Internal Controls over Information Technology and Gasoline Credit Cards. In addition to examining BOCES internal controls, the objective was also to determine whether those controls are appropriately designed to protect electronic data and whether those controls over gas credit cards are operating effectively.
Independent Auditors’ Reports
Financial Statements and Supplementary Information of Western Suffolk BOCES for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.
Financial Statements and Supplementary Information of Western Suffolk BOCES for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.