Polls open May 21 to vote on budget, board, propositions
Polls will be open from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, in the high school library lobby for district residents to vote on the proposed budget for the 2019-20 school year, to fill three seats on the Board of Education, and to consider bus purchase and Schoharie Free Library tax levy propositions.
The Board of Education adopted a proposed $24,520,229 budget for the 2019-20 school year at their April 17 meeting. The Board adopted the proposed budget after receiving feedback on local educational priorities during the community budget forum, monthly board meetings and from district residents and staff.
The proposed budget calls for a spending increase of 2.93 percent ($697,275) over this school year’s budget. Adjustments to employee salaries and benefits per negotiated agreements account for most of the budget increase. The proposed budget includes a state aid increase of $586,836 (5.13 percent) over the current school year’s budget.
The proposed budget would provide additional funding for the district’s college and career readiness program, development of cultural awareness programs for students and staff, and professional development for teachers
in the state’s learning standards. Additional funding would be provided for elementary supplies and advanced online data safety software.
The proposed 2019-20 budget would increase the tax levy by $200,605 (2.37 percent) and decrease reliance on the district’s fund balance. The 2.37 percent tax levy increase is below the district’s 3.68 percent maximum levy limit (“cap”), which means approval of the budget requires a simple majority vote of 50 percent plus one vote.
School tax rates, which determine the amount of money property owners pay per $1,000 of assessed value, will be set in August after the district receives town property assessments and state equalization rates.
On May 21, residents will vote to fill three seats on the Board of Education for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2019. The seats are currently held by Terry Burton and Daniel Guasp, who are running for re-election, and Marion Jaqueway, who is not running for re-election. Their terms expire June 30, 2019. There are four candidates running for the three seats.
Bus purchase & Schoharie Free Library levy propositions
In addition to voting on the proposed budget and Board of Education candidates, district residents also will consider propositions to allow the district to purchase two school buses, two vans and a Suburban SUV using the district’s transportation capital reserve fund and to levy taxes for the Schoharie Free Library.
Taxes levied for the Schoharie Free Library go directly to the library to fund services provided to Schoharie Central School District residents. The library is a separate legal entity with its own funding and budget. The amount authorized for library services is listed as a separate line on tax bills.
More than a dozen local residents, students and staff offered their ideas and feedback on the developing 2019-20 budget at a Community Budget Forum held the evening of March 6 in the elementary cafeteria.
Hosted by the Board of Education, the forum began with a welcome by Superintendent David Blanchard, followed by an overview of the tentative $24,445,059 budget by Business Administrator Sarah Blood. The budget would be a 2.61 percent increase over the current school year’s budget, with a majority – 69 percent – of the increase to go toward employee salaries and employee health and prescription insurance. Read more via the linked headline above.
SCSD budget development objective
To sustain the fiscal capacity of the school district in order to adequately provide for the programs and services for our students, not only for next year, but for years well into the future.
Information on current school year’s budget
- Total budget: $23,822,954
- Vote results: Approved 251-133 or 65.4% approval
- Proposition: Bus purchase totaling $270,000: Approved 276-108
- Proposition: Capital reserve spending for capital project: Approved 269-114
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Budget Development Calendar
While certain times of the year see increased budget-related activity, developing a budget that both meets the needs of our students and reflects local residents’ input is a yearlong process. As such, the community is welcome and encouraged to participate in this process. The Budget Development Calendar lists the various steps in the process.
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