Budget Information

Development of the 2023-24 school year budget is currently underway. Information pertaining to the budget will be posted here as it becomes available.

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
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

04/21/23 Last day for BOE to adopt budget
04/24/23 Property Tax Report Card – submit to SED and local newspaper
04/25/23 Regular Meeting
04/26/23 Budget Statement and require 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.

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.

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.

Current Year’s Budget

The 2022-23 budget was created to continue Catskill Central School District’s current student programs, while reducing the burden to our taxpayers. The budget totals $48,576,001 and carries a projected tax levy increase of 1.85%, which is under the District’s NYS tax cap of 3.52%. The budget is up a total of $2,523,728 (5.48%) from the current year’s budget. The District applied $3,361,796 in fund balance to reduce the tax levy increase. More 2022-23 Budget Information…