The annual School Budget Vote & Board Election is May 19, 2020 from 1:00–9:00 p.m. in the Catskill High School Gymnasium
The 2020-2021 school budget is currently being developed. Information pertaining to the budget will be posted to this page as it becomes available.
Budget Development Timeline
|Nov., 2019||SCHOOL BUSINESS OFFICIAL – Distribution of budget forms to all appropriate supervisory personnel.|
|Week of 12/02/19||ADMINISTRATORS – Submission of 2020-21 budget requests to the Superintendent.|
|Dec. – Jan.||SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS – Review of all detailed budget requests and justification materials with all supervisors. Development of a tentative budget.|
|01/29/20||BUDGET WORKSHOP #1 – 6:30 p.m. CHS Library|
|02/12/20||BOARD OF EDUCATION – Follow-up to 01/29/20 Meeting – (Part of Regular Board of Education Meeting). Fixed Costs – 6:30 p.m. CHS Library|
|03/01/20||TAX LEVY LIMITATION INFORMATION – last day to file initial calculation with NYS Office of State Comptroller.|
|03/04/20||BUDGET WORKSHOP #2 – 6:30 p.m. CHS Library|
|03/17/20||BOARD OF EDUCATION – Follow-up to 03/04/20 Meeting – (Part of Regular Board of Education Meeting). Instructional Program, Staffing and Building Level Budgets – 6:30 p.m. CHS Library|
|03/31/20||DISTRICT CLERK – Begin publication of legal notice of Annual District Meeting (published 4 times).|
|04/01/20||BUDGET WORKSHOP #3 – 6:30 p.m. CHS Library (POSTPONED)|
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.
|04/21/20||BOARD OF EDUCATION (TUESDAY) – Adopt budget for voter consideration – Vote on BOCES annual Budget – 6:30 p.m. CHS Library|
|04/22/20||PROPERTY TAX REPORT CARD – submit to SED and local newspaper.|
|05/05/20||BUDGET DOCUMENT made available to the public.|
|05/06/20||BUDGET HEARING – (Part of Regular Board of Education Meeting) – 6:00 p.m. CHS Library|
|05/13/20||BUDGET NOTICE – Last day to be mailed.|
|05/14/20||Voter Registration – Last day to register to vote with school district in time for May 19 election|
|05/19/20||ANNUAL BUDGET VOTE & ELECTION – 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. CHS gym|
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.
To be eligible to vote on May 21st, 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. The last day to register in time to vote in the May 19, 2020 election is May 14.
Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained 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. All qualified voters who meet the criteria for “permanently disabled” and are so certified by the Greene County Board of Elections will receive absentee ballots by mail. Absentee ballots must be received in the Office of the Board Clerk not later than 3:30 p.m. on the day of the Election and Vote, May 19, 2020.
Current School Budget