Budget Information

Catskill CSD’s annual School Budget Vote and Board of Education Election takes place Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Catskill High School gymnasium.

2021-22 Budget Information

On April 20, 2021, the Board of Education adopted the proposed budget for the 2021-2022 school year. The budget was created to continue Catskill Central School District’s current student programs and staffing, while reducing the burden to our taxpayers. The budget totals $46,052,273 and carries a tax levy increase of 1.97%, which is under the State’s allowable tax cap of 4.15%. The budget is up a total of $3,171,061 (7.39%) from the current year’s budget. The District applied $2,677,295 in fund balance to reduce the tax levy increase. 

Public Hearing May 5

The Board of Education will hold the annual public hearing on the budget on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in the Catskill High School library for the presentation of the 2021-2022 budget of the Catskill Central School District and Catskill Public Library.

Also look for our budget newsletter mailed out in May. 

Budget Documents

Budget Development Presentations

2021-22 Budget Development Timeline

Dec., 2020 SCHOOL BUSINESS OFFICIAL – Distribution of budget forms to all appropriate supervisory personnel.
Week of 1/04/21 ADMINISTRATORS – Submission of 2020-21 budget requests to the Superintendent.
1/04/21- 1/15/21 SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS – Review of all detailed budget requests and justification materials with all supervisors. Development of a tentative budget.
1/20/21 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING – Budget and State Aid
2/24/21 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING – Follow up to Budget Workshop #1
3/01/21 TAX LEVY LIMITATION INFORMATION – last day to file initial calculation with NYS Office of State Comptroller.
3/10/21 BUDGET WORKSHOP #2 Follow up to 02/24 BOE Meeting
3/24/21 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING   Follow up to Budget Workshop #2
Last date to submit petitions requesting that a proposition be placed on the ballot, which do not have to be noticed in the same manner as the notice for annual meeting, budget vote and election.
Last date for filing petitions for School Board membership.
4/20/21 BOARD OF EDUCATION (TUESDAY) – Adopt budget for voter consideration – Vote on BOCES annual Budget
4/21/21 PROPERTY TAX REPORT CARD – submit to SED and local newspaper.
5/05/21 BUDGET DOCUMENT made available to the public.
BUDGET HEARING (Part of Regular Board of Education Meeting)
5/12/21 BUDGET NOTICE – Last day to be mailed.
5/18/21 ANNUAL BUDGET VOTE & ELECTION – 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Property Tax Cap Information

Contrary to popular belief, the NYS Property Tax Cap does not cap tax increases at 2 percent. Instead, public schools must use a state formula each year to determine the amount they can increase their tax levies by without having to seek a higher percentage of voter approval for the budget. This threshold is usually different each year and may be above or below 2%. The district must determine its tax cap number and submit it to the state by March 1st of each year.

For 2021, Catskill CSD’s maximum allowable tax levy increase is 4.15%

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 formula (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 number determined by the formula, a super majority (60%) of voter approval is needed for the budget to pass.

Board of Education Election

For information on candidates, please visit our 2021 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 Catskill 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 Greene County Board of Elections

Voter Registration

You must be registered with either the County Board of Elections or the Catskill Central School District to vote on the School Budget and Board of Education Election. The voters of the District have approved a system of walk-in voter registration, available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on days when the District Offices at the District Clerk’s Office, 343 West Main Street, Catskill, NY.

 Absentee Ballots

Applications for absentee ballots may be applied for at the Office of the Board Clerk, 343 West Main Street, Catskill, New York. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the Board Clerk at least seven (7) days prior to the election and vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election if the ballot will be picked up personally by the voter at the Office of the Board Clerk. Concerns about contracting COVID-19 are considered an acceptable medical condition for residents to request an absentee ballot.

Current School Budget

2020-21 Budget Information