May 16, 2023 voting results:
On May 16, Catskill Central School District voters approved the 2023-24 school budget and elected Deborah Johnson, Ryan Osswald, and Joseph Izzo to the Board of Education.
Catskill Central School District 2023-24 Budget: PASSED 427 yes – 162 no
At its April 21 meeting, the Board of Education adopted the proposed budget for the 2023-24 school year. The budget totals $49,888,670 and carries a projected tax levy increase of 2%, which is under the District’s NYS tax cap of 3.52%. The budget is up a total of $1,312,669, a 2.7% increase from the 2022-23 budget, largely due to inflation and contractual obligations. The District sought efficiency measures and applied $3,576,422 in fund balance to reduce the impact of year-to-year cost increases on the tax levy.
School officials focused on keeping the tax levy increase at 2% while ensuring that students would have the appropriate level of faculty and staff in each building based on need and student enrollment.
- Program initiatives include the addition of one special education teacher position to support the creation of a Life Skills class for Catskill Middle School students with special needs.
- Efficiency measures include the elimination of three elementary teacher positions, one physical education teacher position, one business teacher position, one teacher of the visually impaired position, one teaching assistant position, and one teacher aide position from the budget. These budget reductions are the result of lower student enrollment and do not cut student programs. They were largely achieved through retirements, resignations, and not filling vacant positions. The budget also reduces spending for the BOCES Alternative Learning Program due to fewer students requiring this service.
- Catskill CSD 2023-24 General Fund Budget
- NYS School Report Card
- NYS Financial Transparency Report
- Budget Notice
- 2023-24 Property Tax Report Card
- Legal Notice of 2023 Budget Vote and Board Election
2023-24 Proposed Budget Presentation
Budget Development Presentations
- Proposed Budget 2023-24 – April 21, 2023
- Proposed Budget 2023-24 – April 19, 2023
- 2023-24 Budget Planning – April 4, 2023
- Revenue, Fund Balance, Expenditures – March 23, 2023
- Revenue & Fund Balance – March 8, 2023
- Special Education – March 8, 2023
- Transportation – February 15, 2023
- State Aid & Revenues – February 15, 2023
- Operations & Maintenance – February 15, 2023
- Technology – February 15, 2023
- CES BOE Presentation – February 8, 2023
- CMS BOE Presentation – February 8, 2023
- CHS BOE Presentation – February 8, 2023
- Property Tax Cap – January 25, 2023
- CCSD Long Range Financial Analysis 2023-24 – January 11, 2023
2023-24 Budget Development Calendar
|11/16/22||Budget Calendar presented for Board of Education approval|
|12/14/22||BOE Meeting – Long Range Plan Presentation – Bernard P. Donegan, Inc.|
|December 2022||Superintendent of Schools – Review of all detailed|
|January 2023||Budget requests with all supervisors, development of preliminary budget|
|01/11/23||BOE Meeting – Budget Workshop|
|01/25/23||BOE Meeting – Regular Meeting -Presentation of Catskill Tax Cap History|
|02/08/23||BOE Meeting – Budget Workshop: State Aid & Revenue Presentation|
|02/15/23||BOE Meeting – Regular Meeting|
|03/01/23||Submit 2023–2024 calculation for tax levy limit to NYS Office of State Comptroller|
|03/08/23||BOE Meeting – Budget Workshop – Present proposed budget|
|03/22/23||BOE Meeting – Regular Meeting – Follow up to budget workshop|
|03/28/23 – 03/31/23||Advertise 1st Legal Notice 45 days prior to vote|
|04/04/23||Budget Workshop – Adopt budget and property tax report card|
|04/05/23||BOCES Annual Meeting|
|04/17/23||Last date for submitting 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
|4/19/23||BOE Special Meeting 6:30 p.m. CHS library|
|04/21/23||Special Board Meeting – 5:30 PM CHS Library
Last day for BOE to adopt budget
|04/24/23||Property Tax Report Card – submit to SED and local newspaper|
|04/26/23||Budget Statement and required attachments available at each building|
|05/03/23||BOE Meeting – Budget Hearing|
|05/04/23 – 05/10/23||Budget Notice mailed to eligible voters|
|05/16/23||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 2023, Catskill’s allowable tax levy increase, or “cap,” is 3.52%.
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.
What is a Tax Levy?
The tax levy is the dollar amount that is raised by annual property tax to fund the budget. It provides a portion of the total funding for the budget; the other major source of funding comes from state aid.
What is Fund Balance?
Fund balance is a reserve similar to a savings account; when District expenses are less than expected, or revenues are higher than projected, money remaining at the end of the year is held in the fund balance. The District utilizes fund balance each year as revenue in the budget to minimize spending cuts and hold down tax increases. The District allocated $3,576,422 of fund balance to reduce this year’s tax levy increase.
What Happens if Voters Do Not Approve the Budget?
If voters do not approve the budget proposal on May 16, the Board of Education has the following options: put the same budget or a revised budget up for vote on June 20, 2023, or adopt a contingency budget. If the budget proposition is again defeated on June 20, the Board must adopt a contingency budget.
A contingency budget holds the tax levy increase at 0%, regardless of inflation, contractual obligations, and other cost increases incurred by the District. However, all state mandated programs, including those not funded by state aid, would need to be retained. A contingency budget also prevents spending on new equipment, except when concerning safety, and limits public use of District facilities. These regulations mean that the Board would need to cut $406,701 from the current budget proposal. Cuts could potentially include program reductions in instructional and non-instructional areas, reductions in interscholastic sports programs, the elimination of all equipment purchases that are unrelated to safety, and reductions in BOCES services.
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
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.
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.