Budget Information

On May 18, 2021, Catskill Central School District voters approved the 2021-22 School Budget and elected Jennifer Shanley, Jeremy Engelin, Stephanie Oakley-Edwards, and Brittany Williams to the Board of Education.

May 18, 2021 voting results:

Catskill Central School District 2021-22 Budget: PASSED 346 yes -245 no
Catskill Public Library Proposition: PASSED 405 yes – 179 no
Board of Education Candidates:
Jeremy Engelin: 352 – three-year term running July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Stephanie Oakley-Edwards: 336 – three-year term running July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Brittany Williams: 317 – two-year term running May 19, 2021 – June 30, 2023
Jennifer Shanley: 378 – three-year term running July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024

2021-22 Budget Information

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 2020-21 budget. The District applied $2,677,295 in fund balance to reduce the tax levy increase. Read 2021-22 Budget Overview…

Budget Documents

Budget Development Presentations

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