Budget Information

On May 17, Catskill Central School District voters approved the 2022-23 School Budget, approved the Operations and Maintenance and School Bus Purchases proposition, and elected Patricia Dushane, Lenora Freese, and Mary DeSimone to the Board of Education.

May 17, 2022 voting results:

Catskill Central School District 2022-23 Budget: PASSED 440 yes – 242 no
Operations and Maintenance and School Bus Purchases proposition: PASSED 415 yes – 255 no

2022-23 Budget Information

On May 17, 2022 residents approved the proposed The 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.
 
Voters also approved a separate proposition to allow the District to bond up to $400,000 over a five-year period to replace aging maintenance and grounds equipment, as well as purchase a 16-passenger school bus for field trips, after-school extracurricular activities, and other special-area student transportation needs that are not easily met through our contracted busing service (more information below).

Budget Documents

Budget Development Presentations

Operations and Maintenance and School Bus Purchase Proposition

This proposition authorizes the District to bond up to $400,000 over five years to purchase maintenance and grounds equipment and a small school bus. The annual costs of the bond have been built into the 2022-23 budget and therefore will not require the District to raise the tax levy above what is already proposed with the budget. 

Purchases will replace equipment that is worn out, not functioning, or near the end of its useful service life. Purchases will include a cargo van, F350 pickup truck, F450 dump truck, compact utility tractor with attachments, dual-axle trailer, scissor lift, two walk-behind snowblowers, two salt spreaders, and building maintenance equipment such as floor machines, spray-and-vac cleaning systems, vacuums, and pallet jacks. Also included is the addition of a 16-passenger school bus for field trips, after-school extracurricular activities, and other special-area student transportation needs that often can’t be met through the District’s contracted busing service. NYS aid will reimburse the District for 63.4% of the bus purchase cost.

Examples of Equipment Recommended for Replacement

Board of Education Election

For information on this year’s Board election, please visit our 2022 Board Election page.

2022-23 Budget Development Calendar

10/20/2021 BOE Adopts Budget Calendar
12/15/2021 BOE Meeting – Reserve Plan presentation, Long Range Financial Plan discussion
12/12/21 – 1/15/22 Superintendent reviews all detailed budget requests with all supervisors. Development of preliminary budget
1/19/22 BOE Meeting – Presentation of Catskill Tax Cap History
2/9/22 BOE Meeting – Budget Workshop: State Aid & Revenue Presentation
2/16/22 BOE Meeting – Follow up of Budget Workshop
3/1/22 Submit 2022-23 tax levy limit to NYS
3/2/22 BOE Meeting – Budget Workshop: Present Proposed Budget
3/16/22 BOE Meeting – Follow up of Budget Workshop
4/12/22  BOE Meeting – Adopt Proposed 2022-23 Budget
4/18/22 Last day to submit petition to have proposition placed on Ballot

Last day to School Board Candidate Nominating Petitions

4/22/22 Last day for BOE to adopt proposed budget
5/3/22 Budget Statement and required attachments made available
5/4/22 BOE Meeting: Annual Budget Hearing
5/17/22 Annual Budget Vote and BOE Election 1:00 – 9 p.m. CHS Gym

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

In the interest of public safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, absentee ballots are available to any registered voter in the District. 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 School Budget

2021-22 Budget Information