On April 17, the Board of Education adopted a proposed budget for the 2018-19 school year. The 2018-19 budget totals $31,936,305 and carries a projected tax levy increase of 2.49 percent (which is under the 2.62 percent allowable tax levy limit set by the NYS property tax cap). The budget is up a total of $1,099,330, a 3.56 percent increase from the 2017-18 budget.
Budget Vote May 15, 2018
Voting on the 2018-19 Chatham Central School District Budget, Capital Project, and Board of Education Election takes place 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the MED Elementary School gymnasium. Information pertaining to the 2018-19 budget proposal will be posted here as the budget is developed.
2018-19 Budget Development Presentations
2018-19 Budget Documents
2018-19 Budget Development Calendar
|November 30, 2017||Finance Committee Meeting (Staff charts, PD, budget calendar)|
|December 12, 2017||Board Meeting 6:00 pm (Budget Calendar Adoption)|
|December 14, 2017||Finance Committee Meeting (Financial Reserves Plan Review)|
|January 18, 2018||Finance Committee Meeting (State Aid, ERS/TRS Fin. Reserve Plan)|
|January 23, 2018||Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. (Projected State Aid, Adopt Fin. Reserve Plan)|
|February 8, 2018||Finance Committee Meeting (Property tax cap, budget, Instructional Staffing Issues)|
|February 13, 2018||Board Meeting 6:00 p.m (1st Part of Budget – Admin & Operations, Prop. tax cap, Phase 1’s – Instructional Staffing Issues)|
|February 26, 2018||Finance Committee Meeting (Review budget updates)|
|February 27, 2018||Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. (2nd Part of Budget – Instructional, Library & Cafeteria, Phase 2’s)|
|March 1, 2018||Deadline to Certify Property Tax Cap|
|March 8, 2018||Finance Committee Meeting (Review budget updates)|
|March 13, 2018||Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. (3rd Part of Budget – Transportation & Benefits)|
|March 16, 2018||Petitions for Board of Education candidates become available from the District Clerk in the Superintendent’s Office|
|March 22, 2018||Finance Committee Meeting (Review budget updates)|
|March 27, 2018||Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. (Special Education & Budget Adjustments)|
|April 12, 2018||Finance Committee Meeting (Review final budget & Recommend)|
|April 16, 2018|
|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 17, 2018|
|Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. Adoption of 2018-2019 Budget|
Drawing of Board Candidate names for position on the ballot , 9:00 a.m. in the District Clerk’s office
|April 18, 2018|
|Submission of Property Tax Report Card to NYSED|
Voter Registration, 2:00-6:00 p.m. in the MED Lobby
|April 20, 2018||Absentee ballots become available from the District Clerk|
|April 24, 2018||Copies of Budget and required attachments made available to public upon request|
|May 1, 2018||Annual Budget Hearing 6:00 p.m. CHS Library|
|May 8, 2018||Last day to submit application for absentee ballot if applicant wishes to receive ballot by mail|
|May 9, 2018||Voter Registration, 4:00-8:00 p.m. in the MED Lobby|
Voter register open for public inspection: 8:00-4:00 Superintendent’s Office
|May 10, 2018||Voter register open for public inspection: 8:00-4:00 Superintendent’s Office|
|May 11, 2018||Voter register open for public inspection: 8:00-4:00 Superintendent’s Office|
|May 12, 2018||Voter register open for public inspection: 9:00-3:00 Superintendent’s Office by appointment only|
|May 14, 2018|
|Last day to submit application for absentee ballot in person (District must receive absentee ballot by 5:00 p.m. on vote day)|
Voter register is open for public inspection: 8:00-4:00 Superintendent’s Office
|May 15, 2018||Annual Budget Vote and Elections 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, 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.
For 2018, Chatham’s tax levy cap is 2.62%.
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.
Board of Education Election
The District’s annual Board of Education Election is held as part of the May 15 referendum. For information, please visit our 2018 Board of Education Election information page.
2018 Capital Project
Also included in the May 15 referendum is a Capital Improvement Project that includes a proposition for Buildings & Grounds Renovations (Proposition #2 on the ballot) and a proposition for Security Cameras (Proposition #3 on the ballot). For more information, please visit our 2018 Capital Project information page.
Absentee Ballots will be available Friday, April 20, 2018 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 4:00 p.m., (EDST) on May 8, 2018 if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter; or prior to 4:00 p.m. (EDST), May 14, 2018 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 (5) 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.
Current Year’s Budget
Budget Information from Previous Years
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
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