Budget Information

2019-20 Budget

May 21, 2019 Voting Results

On May 21, 2019, Chatham Central School District voters approved the 2019-20 school budget, approved a proposition to allow a student to serve on the Board of Education as a non-voting member, and elected Muriel Faxon, Craig Simmons, Meghan Charron, Graham Button, and Matthew Fisch to the Board of Education.

Proposition #1 2019-20 School Budget: Passed 393 yes – 99 no
Proposition #2 Student Representative on the Board of Education: Passed 443 yes – 47 no
Elected to the Board of Education:
Muriel Faxon – 377 (3-year term)
Craig Simmons – 362 (3-year term)
Meghan Charron – 336 (3-year term)
Graham Button – 321 (2-year term)
Matthew Fisch – 304 (1-year term).

Board Adopts 2019-20 Budget Proposal

On April 16, 2019, 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 was scheduled for May 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chatham High School library, and our budget newsletter was mailed out in early May.

2019-20 Budget Documents

Budget Development Presentations

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 authorized 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.

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