2013 Budget Vote and BOE Election May 21
The Annual Budget Vote and Board of Education Election will be held in the MED gym on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., at which time, the election of members of the Board and the vote upon the appropriation of the necessary funds to meet the estimated expenditures of the School District for the 2013-2014 school year, and the vote upon any and all Propositions involving the expenditure of money or authorizing the levy of taxes will take place.
The Annual Budget Hearing will be held on May 14, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at CHS, at which the proposed 2013-2014 school budget will be presented to the voters of the District.
Board Adopts 2013-2014 Budget at April 16 Meeting
The Chatham Board of Education adopted the proposed budget for the 2013-2014 school year on April 16th. The budget totals $29,175,016 and carries a tax levy increase of 3.6%, which is less than the District’s NYS property tax cap threshold of 4.34%. Because the tax levy increase is below the state cap, a simple majority (50% + 1) of voter support will be needed for the budget to pass when residents go to the polls on May 21st. Board members also approved a proposition that, if passed by voters, would allow a student representative to sit on the Board as a nonvoting member. Read more...
Budget Development Calendar for 2013-14 Budget
Nov. 27, 2012
March 21, 2013
April 9, 2013
May 14, 2013
Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. HS Library (Adoption of 2013-14 Budget Calendar)
Finance Committee Meeting (Review state aid)
Board Workshop 6:30 p.m. HS Library (Budget Adjustments)
Town Hall Meeting Budget Presentation,
Ghent Town Hall,
Route 66, Ghent,
2013-2014 Budget Documents
- 2013-2014 Budget Newsletter
- 2013-2014 Proposed Budget Packet and Required NYS Supplied Information
- May 14 Budget Presentation (Public Hearing)
- April 9 & 16, 2013 Presentation (Final Budget)
- Annual Budget Vote and Board of Education Election Notice
- March 21, 2013 Presentation (Transportation, Benefits, Special Education & Cafeteria)
- March 5, 2013 Presentation (Instructional, Technology, Library, Tax Cap)
- February 12, 2013 Presentation (Admin & Operations)
- January 22, 2013 Presentation (Revenue)
Property Tax Cap Information
Contrary to popular belief, the property tax cap does not cap tax increases at 2 percent. Instead, public schools in NY must use a state formula 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 must be determined and submitted to the State by March 1st.According to the formula, Chatham CSD may increase its 2013-14 tax levy by 4.34%. See how Chatham's tax levy limit was calculated...
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 4.34%, a simple majority (50% + 1) of voter approval is needed to pass the budget. However, if the District puts before voters a budget that carries a tax levy increase above 4.34%, 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...
- Understanding the three tax levy numbers under the new law...
- Information on Tax Levy Limit Formula
- NY State Education Department Website...
Board of Education Election
For 2013, there are four candidates running for four open seats on the Board. Petitions for candidates seeking to run in the 2013 Board election were available between March 15 and April 22. On April 22, the District Clerk held a drawing to determine the order candidate names will appear on the ballot.
2013 Board candidates appear here in the order they will appear on the ballot.
Gail Behrens Day
The following seats are to be filled on the Board of Education:
Expiring Term - Melony Spock (current incumbent) commencing July 1, 2013, expiring June 30, 2016.
Expiring Term - Gail Behrens-Day (current incumbent) commencing July 1, 2013, expiring June 30, 2016.
Expiring Term - James Cartin (John Wapner current incumbent) commencing May 22, 2013, expiring June 30, 2016.
Unexpired Term - Francis Iaconetti (Muriel Faxon current incumbent) commencing May 22, 2013, expiring June 30, 2014.
Proposition #1 on the May 21, 2013 ballot will ask voters to approve the position of
an “Ex Officio” non-voting Student Representative on the Chatham Central School Board of Education. A student representative currently sits on the Board, but by law, the position must be approved by voters every two years.
What is a fund balance? How is it used?
A fund balance is a reserve much like a homeowner’s savings account. When a school district’s expenses are less than what was expected or revenues are higher than expected, the money is held in the fund balance. Districts use fund balance each year as revenue in the budget to minimize spending cuts and stabilize tax increases. The money is also used for unforeseen expenses throughout the school year. By law, a school district’s fund balance cannot exceed 4% of the next year’s budget. In challenging economic times like the present, school districts must plan carefully how they use their fund balance to ensure it does not run out.
What is the NY State's Gap Elimination Adjustment?
The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) was proposed by Governor David Paterson as a one-time fix to reduce the state’s budget deficit. However, the state has continued to use it the past three years to cut millions of dollars in state aid to local school districts. Governor Cuomo's 2013-14 Executive Budget continues the Gap Elimination Adjustment for a fourth straight year. See how the GEA affects Chatham CSD...
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 p.m. on May 14, 2013 if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter; or prior to 4 p.m. on May 20, 2013 if the ballot will be picked-up personally by the voter.
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