Budget Information

2019-20 Budget

The Annual Budget Vote and Board Election is Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. in the MED gym.

Information pertaining to the budget is posted to this page as it becomes available.

Board Adopts 2019-20 Budget Proposal

On April 16, Chatham’s Board of Education adopted a proposed budget for the 2019-20 school year. The budget totals $31,583,390 and carries a projected tax levy increase of 1.24 percent, which stays at the limit set by New York State’s property tax cap. Spending is down $352,915, a 1.11 percent decrease from the 2018-19 budget. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for May 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chatham High School library, and keep an eye on your mailbox for our budget newsletter mailed out in early May.

Budget Development Presentations

2019-20 Budget Documents

Budget Development Calendar

November 13, 2018
  • Board Meeting 6:00 pm (Budget Calendar Adoption)
January 17, 2019
  • Finance Committee Meeting (State Aid, ERS/TRS)
January 22, 2019
  • Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. (Projected State Aid)
February 7, 2019
  • Finance Committee Meeting (Property tax cap, budget, Instructional Staffing Issues)
February 12, 2019
  • Board Meeting 6:00 p.m (1st Part of Budget – Admin & Operations, Prop. tax cap, Phase 1’s – Instructional Staffing Issues) Postponed to Feb. 28
February 14, 2019
  • Finance Committee Meeting (Review budget updates)
February 26, 2019
  • Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. (2nd Part of Budget – Instructional, Library & Cafeteria, Phase 2’s)
March 7, 2019
  • Finance Committee Meeting (Review budget updates)
March 12, 2019
  • Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. (3rd Part of Budget – Transportation & Benefits)
March 18, 2019
  • Nominating petitions for Board candidates become available from the District Clerk
March 21, 2019
  • Finance Committee Meeting (Review budget updates)
March 26, 2019
  • Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. (Special Education & Budget Adjustments)
April 11, 2019
  • Finance Committee Meeting (Review Fnal Budget & Recommend)
April 16, 2019
  • Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. – Adoption of 2019-2020 Budget
April 17, 2019
  • Submission of Property Tax Report Card to NYSED
April 22, 2019
  • Last day for Board candidates to submit nominating petitions – due by 5:00 p.m. in the District Clerk’s office
  • Last day to submit petitions to have proposition placed on the ballot
April 23, 2019
  • Drawing of Board candidate names for position on ballot 9:00 a.m., District Clerk’s Office
April 24, 2019
  • Voter Registration 2:00-6:00 p.m. MED Lobby
April 25, 2019
  • Absentee Ballots become available from the District Clerk
April 29, 2019
  • Copies of Budget and required attachments made available to public
May 14, 2019
  • Annual Budget Hearing 6:00 p.m., HS library
  • Voter Registration 3:00-7:00 p.m. MED Lobby
  • Last day to submit application for absentee ballot if applicant wishes to receive ballot by mail
May 15-17, 2019
  • Voter register open for public inspection 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Superintendent’s Office
May 18, 2019
  • Voter register open for public inspection 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. By Appointment Only 
May 20, 2019
  • Last day to submit application for absentee ballot if applicant will be receiving ballot in person
  • Voter register open for public inspection 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Superintendent’s Office
May 21, 2019
  • Annual Budget Vote and Elections 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. in the MED gym

Property Tax Cap Information

Contrary to popular belief, the NYS property tax cap does not cap tax increases at 2%. Instead, schools 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.

Chatham’s tax cap for 2019 is 1.24%.

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 budget proposal 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 is available on the NY State Education Department Website.

Proposition II: Student Representative

Proposition II on the May 21, 2019 ballot would authorize a student representative to serve on the Chatham Central School District Board of Education as a non-voting member. A student representative currently serves on the Board, however, pursuant to law, this proposition must be put before voters every two years.

Board of Education Election

Chatham’s Board of Education election takes place as part of the annual Budget Vote. For 2019, there are five open seats on the Board. More information can be found on our 2019 Board of Education page.

Voter Information

Who Can Vote?

To be eligible to vote on May 21 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 directly preceding the day of the vote
  • Registered to vote with either the School District or the Columbia County Board of Elections

2019 Voter Registration Days

If you have not previously registered and would like to vote in this election, you can register with the School District Board of Registration at the following times:

  • Wednesday, April 24, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. in the MED Elementary School lobby
  • Tuesday, May 14th, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. in the MED Elementary School lobby

Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots may be applied for at the Office of the School District Clerk, located in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School (518-392-1501). Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the School District Clerk no later than 4:00 p.m. on May 14, 2019 if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter; or prior to 4:00 p.m. May 20, 2019 if the voter wishes to receive the ballot in person.

Budget Information from Previous Years

2018-2019 Budget Information
2017-2018 Budget Information
2016-2017 Budget Information
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