Budget Information

On May 17, 2022, Chatham Central School District voters approved the 2022-23 School Budget, approved the Capital Reserve Fund proposition, and elected Muriel Faxon, Fred Hutchinson, Beth Hover, and Marianne Pierro the Board of Education.

May 17, 2022 voting results:

Chatham Central School District 2022-23 Budget:  PASSED 338 yes - 153 no

Capital Reserve Fund: PASSED 354 yes - 136 no

Board of Education Candidates:

Muriel Faxon: 366 votes  3-year term running July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2025

Fred Hutchinson: 333 votes  3-year term running July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2025 and will start May 18, 2022 to fill the unexpired term left vacant by the resignation of Craig Simmons. 

Beth Hover: 322 votes  2-year term  running July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024

Marianne Pierro: 288 votes  1-year term  running May 18, 2022 - June 30, 2023 to fill the unexpired term left vacant by the resignation of Destiny Hallenbeck

2022-23 Budget Information

On April 5, Chatham’s Board of Education adopted a proposed budget for the 2022-23 school year. The budget totals $33,618,101 and carries a projected tax levy increase of 2.75 percent, which is under the District’s 3.48 percent limit set by New York State’s property tax cap. Spending is up $567,718, a 1.72 percent increase from the 2021-22 budget.

Budget highlights include no cuts to student programs and the reallocation of a special education teaching position to increase special education support in grades k-1. Also included in the budget are bus replacement purchases and a capital project to replace the District’s letterboard sign on Woodbridge Avenue with a modern digital message board. 

In addition to the budget, the Board adopted a separate proposition that would create a Capital Reserve Fund that would allow the District to set aside up to $5 million over a ten-year period to fund future improvements to our facilities.   

Read 2022-23 budget overview...

Residents can learn more at a public hearing scheduled for May 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chatham High School library.

Keep an eye on your mailbox for our budget newsletter, to be mailed out in early May.

Budget Documents

Budget Development Presentations

 2022-23 Budget Development Calendar

November 3, 2021

Finance Committee Meeting (Budget Calendar, contract negotiations update)

November 23, 2021

Board Meeting 6:00 pm (Budget Calendar Adoption)  

December 2, 2021

Finance Committee Meeting (Finance Reserves Plan)

December 21, 2021

Board Meeting 6:00 pm (Adopt Fin. Reserve Plan)  

January 27, 2022

Finance Committee Meeting (State Aid, ERS/TRS)

February 1, 2022

Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. (Projected State Aid)

February 10, 2022

Finance Committee Meeting (Property tax cap, budget)        

February 15, 2022

Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. (1st Part of Budget – Admin & Operations, Prop. tax cap, Phase 1’s)

March 3, 2022

Finance Committee Meeting (Review budget updates)

March 8, 2022

Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. (2nd Part of Budget – Instructional, Library & Cafeteria)

March 17, 2022

Finance Committee Meeting (Review budget updates)

March 18 2022

Petitions for Board of Education candidates become available from District Clerk

March 22, 2022

Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. (3rd Part of Budget – Transportation, Benefits, & Special Education )

March 31, 2022

Finance Committee Meeting (Review final budget & Recommend)

April 5, 2022

Board Meeting 6:00 p.m.  Adoption of 2022-2023 Budget

April 6, 2022

Submission of Property Tax Report Card to NYSED (by the end of the business day following budget adoption) (No less than 24 days prior to budget vote)

April 18, 2022

Last day for Board of Education candidates to submit nominating petitions

Last day to submit petitions to have a proposition placed on ballot

April 19, 2022

Drawing of candidate names for position on ballot, 9:00 a.m. District Clerk's office

April 22, 2022

Absentee ballots available from the District Clerk

May 4, 2022

Voter Registration,  2:30 - 6:30 p.m. MED Lobby

May 10, 2022

Annual Budget Hearing 6:00 p.m. 

Last day to submit application for absentee ballot if applicant wishes to receive ballot by mail

May 11, 2022

Voter Registration,  4:00 - 8:00 p.m. MED Lobby

Voter register open for public inspection, 9am-3pm Superintendent’s Office

May 12, 2022

Voter register open for public inspection, 9am-3pm Superintendent’s Office

May 13, 2022

Voter register open for public inspection, 9am-3pm Superintendent’s Office

May 14, 2022

Voter register open for public inspection, by appointment only

May 16, 2022

Voter register open for public inspection, 9am-3pm Superintendent’s Office

Last day to submit application for absentee ballot if applicant wishes to receive ballot in person, 8am-3pm Superintendent’s Office 

May 17, 2022

Annual Budget Vote and Elections (Absentee Ballot must be returned by 5 PM)

 

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 allowable tax levy increase limit for 2022 is approximately 3.48%.

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 #2 - Capital Reserve Fund

Proposition #2 on the ballot allowed for the creation of a Capital Reserve Fund to assist the District in financing future construction projects. The maximum amount the District can place in the fund is a total of $5 million over a ten-year period. A Capital Reserve Fund is similar to a savings account and helps our school plan for long-term needs with little impact on the general budget. Voter approval was required to create the fund. The District will use it to set aside money only for future building and grounds improvements. 

Money for the Capital Reserve fund will primarily come from areas where budgeted expenses prove to be less than projected. If there is excess money left at the end of the school year, the District is able to put it in the Capital Reserve fund. The District is required to receive voter approval before it could spend any money in the Capital Reserve Fund. The District would provide details about any proposed Capital Reserve Fund spending and residents would vote on it in a future referendum.

The District completed a state-mandated building condition survey this school year and anticipates the need for capital work (construction and renovations to keep our facilities properly operating and benefit our educational program).

With voter approval, the District also created a Capital Reserve Fund in 2017 that has since reached its maximum limit and currently holds $3,434,945. Projected capital work costs are greater than what the District currently has in capital reserve, and therefore the District is seeking an additional Capital Reserve Fund.

Board of Education Election

The 2022 Board of Education Election was held Tuesday, May 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School Gym. For more information please visit our Board Election page.

Voter Qualifications

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 directly preceding the date of the vote
• Registered to vote with either the School District or the Columbia County Board of Elections

Voter Registration

Not registered to vote? You can register to vote with the school district on the following voter registration days:

  • Wednesday, May 4, 2022 between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School lobby

  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022 between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School lobby

Absentee Ballots

In the interest of public safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, absentee ballots are available to any registered voter in the district. Applications for absentee ballots may be applied for at the Office of the School District Clerk in the MED Elementary School, starting April 22, 2022. Applications must be received by the District Clerk by 4:00 p.m. on May 10 if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or prior to 4:00 p.m. on May 16 if the ballot will be picked up in-person. All absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk not later than 5:00 p.m. on May 17, 2022.

Voters may obtain an absentee ballot upon request if they are unable to vote in-person on May 17. Provisional NYS law also allows voters to obtain an absentee ballot for the 2022 vote due to concern over exposure to COVID-19.

For more information, contact Deborah Pottenburgh, District Clerk, at 518-392-1501 or pottenburghd@chatham.k12.ny.us.

Current Year's Budget

The 2021-22 budget totals $33,050,383 and carried a projected tax levy increase of 1.76 percent, which was under the limit set by New York State’s property tax cap. The budget carried an increase of $693,528, or 2.14 percent, from the 2020-21 budget. Read Budget Overview…

Budget Information from Previous Years