Budget Information

On May 15, voters approved the 2018-19 budget, which 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

Proposition #1 – 2018-19 School Budget: Passed 600 Yes – 257 No

Proposition #2 – Buildings & Grounds Renovations: Passed 613 Yes – 244 No

Proposition #3 – Security Cameras: Failed 402 Yes – 458 No

Elected to the Board of Education:
Denise Barry – 632   (3-year term July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021)
David O’Connor – 604   (3-year term July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021)
Beth Hover – 583   (3-year term July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021)
Patricia Wilson – 569   (2-year term May 16, 2018 to June 30, 2020)
Graham Button (write in candidate) – 77   (1-year term May 16, 2018 – June 30, 2019)

May 15, 2018 Exit Survey

2018-19 Budget Documents


2018-19 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.

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 was 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 was a Capital Improvement Project that included 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.

Voter Information

To be eligible to vote 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 preceding the day of the vote,
  • Registered to vote with either the School District or the Columbia County Board of Elections.

Absentee Ballots

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

2017-2018 Budget Information

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


Questions or comments about the budget?

Email them to budget@chatham.k12.ny.us