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
- 2019-20 Educational and Program Budget
- Chatham Central School District NYS Report Card
- Fiscal Accountability Supplement
- 2019-20 Property Tax Report Card
- CCSD 2018-2027 Financial Reserve Plan
- Legal Notice of 2019 Budget Vote and District Election
Budget Development Presentations
- 2019-2020 Budget – BOE Meeting April 16, 2019
- Special Education Budget Update – BOE meeting March 26, 2019
- 3rd Part of Budget – BOE meeting March 12, 2019
- 2nd Part of Budget – BOE meeting February 26, 2019
- 1st Part of Budget – BOE meeting February 26,2019
- Projected State Aid – BOE meeting January 22, 2019
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
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