Voting Results for May 16, 2017 Budget Vote
Voting for Chatham Central School District’s annual School Budget Vote and Board of Education Election was held May 16, 2017. The budget 2017-18 budget totals $30,836,975 and carried a projected tax levy increase of 1.3 percent, which is under the limit set by New York State’s property tax cap. The budget is up a total of $294,559, a 0.96% percent increase from the 2016-17 budget.
2017-18 Budget PASSED: 468 yes – 115 No
Proposition #1 – Capital Reserve Fund 3 PASSED: 350 Yes – 127 No
Proposition #2 – Repair Reserve PASSED: 382 Yes – 97 No
Proposition #3 – Student Representative on the Board of Ed. PASSED: 415 Yes – 63 No
Voters also elected Winnie Hoffman Legere (392 votes), Dawn-Marie Blasl (385 votes), and Rachel Galvin (365 votes) to three-year terms on the Board of Education, starting July 1, 2017 and running through June 30, 2020.
2017-18 Budget Documents
- 2017-18 Educational & Program Budget
- Chatham Central School District NYS Report Card
- Chatham CSD Fiscal Accountability Summary
- 2016-2025 Financial Reserve Plan
2017-18 Budget Development Presentations
- State Aid Revenue & Instructional Staffing Issues – January 30, 2017
- Foundation Aid, Administrative & Support, Operations & Maintenance, Tax Cap – February 14, 2017
- Instructional, Library & Cafeteria, Phase 2s – February 28, 2017
- Transportation, Benefits, Transfers, Special Ed. Phase 1 – March 16, 2017
- Special Education, Propositions & Budget Adjustments – March 28, 2017
- Final Budget – April 10, 2017
Property Tax Cap Information
Contrary to popular belief, the NYS property tax cap does not cap tax increases at 2%. Instead, public schools in NY 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 2017, Chatham’s tax cap was calculated at 1.496%.
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 District puts before voters a budget that 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 as it pertains to public schools is available through the links below.
- Understanding the NYS Property Tax Cap…
- New rules for budget votes…
- Information on Tax Levy Limit Formula
- NY State Education Department Website…
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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