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Dr. Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent

BUDGET INFORMATION

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

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, Superintendent’s Office 
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.

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
Rachel Galvin

Voter Information

Who Can Vote? - To be able to vote on May 16, you must be:

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

2016-2017 Budget Information

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

Questions or comments about the budget? 

Email them to budget@chatham.k12.ny.us

 

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