Budget Vote May 16
Chatham Central School District's annual School Budget Vote and Board of Education Election is May 16, 2017, 9:00am-9:00pm in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School gym.
Board Adopts Proposed 2017-18 Budget
The evening of April 10th, the Board of Education adopted a budget proposal from the 2017-18 school year. The budget totals $30,836,975 and carries a projected tax levy increase of 1.3 percent, which is under the limit set by New York State’s property tax cap. The budget is up a total of $294,559, a 0.96% percent increase from the current year’s budget.
2017-18 Budget Development Presentations
- State Aid Revenue & Instructional Staffing Issues - January 30, 2017
- Foundation Aid, Administrative & Support, Operations & Maintenance, Tax Cap - February 14, 2017
- Instructional, Library & Cafeteria, Phase 2s - February 28, 2017
- Transportation, Benefits, Transfers, Special Ed. Phase 1 - March 16, 2017
- Special Education, Propositions & Budget Adjustments - March 28, 2017
- Final Budget - April 10, 2017
2017-18 CCSD Budget Development Calendar
|November 1, 2016||Finance Committee Meeting (Budget Calendar, Financial Reserves Plan)|
|November 8, 2016||Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. (Adopt Budget Calendar)|
|December 13, 2016||Board Meeting 6:30 pm (Discuss Financial Reserves Plan)|
|January 10, 2017||Board Meeting 6:30pm (Adopt Financial Reserves Plan)|
|January 19, 2017||Finance Committee Meeting (State Aid, ERS & TRS)|
|January 30, 2017||Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. (Governor’s Projected State Aid)|
|February 13, 2017||Finance Committee Meeting (Property tax cap, budget, Instructional Staffing Issues)|
|February 14, 2017||Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. (1st Part of Budget – Admin & Operations, Property Tax Cap, Phase 1’s – Instructional Staffing Issues)|
|February 27, 2017||Finance Committee Meeting (Review Budget Updates)|
|February 28, 2017||Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. (2nd Part of Budget – Instructional, Library & Cafeteria, Phase 2’s)|
|March 1, 2017||Deadline to Certify Property Tax Cap|
|March 9, 2017||Finance Committee Meeting (Review Budget Updates)|
|March 16, 2017||Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. (3rd Part of Budget – Transportation & Benefits)|
|March 17, 2017||Petitions for Board of Education candidates become available from the District Clerk|
|March 23, 2017||Finance Committee Meeting (Review Budget Updates)|
|March 28, 2017||Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. (Special Education & Budget Adjustments)|
|April 6, 2017||Finance Committee Meeting (Review Final Budget & Recommend)|
|April 10, 2017||Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. (Adoption of 2017-2018 Budget)|
|April 12, 2017||Submission of Property Tax Report Card to NYSED|
|April 17, 2017||Last day for Board of Education candidates to submit petitions, 5:00 p.m. to the District Clerk Last day to submit petitions to have a proposition placed on ballot.|
|April 18, 2017||Drawing of the Candidate names for position on ballot, 9:00 a.m. by the District Clerk|
|April 19, 2017||Absentee ballots become available from the District Clerk|
|April 25, 2017||Copies of Budget and required attachments available to public upon request|
|April 27, 2017||Voter Registration, 4:00-8:00 p.m. MED Lobby|
|May 9, 2017||Annual Budget Hearing 6:30 p.m. HS Library
Voter Registration, 2:00-7:00 p.m. MED Lobby
Last day to submit application for absentee ballot if applicant wishes to receive ballot by mail
|May 9-12, 2017||Voter register open for public inspection 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Superintendent’s Office:|
|May 13, 2017||Voter register open for public inspection by appointment only Superintendent’s Office:|
|May 15, 2017||Last day to submit application for absentee ballot in person,
Voter register open for public inspection 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Superintendent’s Office:
|May 16, 2017||Annual Budget Vote and Board Election 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. MED Gym|
Property Tax Cap Information
Contrary to popular belief, the NYS property tax cap does not cap tax increases at 2%. Instead, public schools in NY must use a state formula each year to determine how much they can increase their tax levies by without having to seek a higher percentage of voter approval for the budget. This threshold may be different each year, and must be determined by the District and submitted to the state by March 1st.
For 2017, Chatham's tax cap is calculated at 1.496%.
If the year-to-year increase of the District's tax levy (portion of the school budget funded by property tax) is at or below the number determined by the cap, a simple majority (50% + 1) of voter approval is needed to pass the budget. If the District puts before voters a budget that carries a tax levy increase above the cap, a super majority (60%) of voter approval is needed for the budget to pass.
More information on the NYS Property Tax Cap as it pertains to public schools is available through the links below.
- Understanding the NYS Property Tax Cap...
- New rules for budget votes...
- Information on Tax Levy Limit Formula
- NY State Education Department Website...
Board of Education Election
There are three candidates running for three open seats on the Board of Education. The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes will each fill a 3-year terms commencing July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020.
The candidates who will appear on the 2017 ballot are:
Winnie Hoffman Legere
Dawn-Marie V. Blasl
Who Can Vote? - To be able to vote on May 16, you must be:
- A citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or older
- A resident of the Chatham Central School District for a period of 30 days or more preceding the day of the vote
- Registered to vote with either the School District or the Columbia County Board of Elections
Voter Registration - If you are not already registered and would like to vote in the upcoming School Budget Vote and Board Election, you must register with the School District Board of Registration. Voter registration is available April 27 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and May 9 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School (MED) lobby.
Absentee Ballots - Available beginning Wednesday April 19, 2017 from the District Clerk in the Superintendent’s Office in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary building. Applications for absentee ballots may be applied for at the Office of the School District Clerk. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the School District Clerk by or prior to 5:00 p.m. on May 9, 2017 if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter; or prior to 4:00 p.m. May 15, 2017 if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots shall have been issued will be available for inspection in the Office of the School District Clerk on each of the five days prior to the day of the election (except Saturday and Sunday), and such list shall be available at the voting place during the election.
Information about the Current Year's School Budget
Budget Information from Previous Years
2015-2016 Budget Information
2014-2015 Budget Information
2013-2014 Budget Information
2012-2013 Budget Information
2011-2012 Budget Information
2010-2011 Budget Information
2009-2010 Budget Information
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