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    School District Budget Information 2020-2021 
     

    Public schools are among the most significant investments that any community makes collectively. District leaders work to make the most effective use of resources to benefit students, to develop and manage the budget in a responsible and transparent manner, and to be accountable to taxpayers. Each spring the Board of Education adopts a budget for the coming school year for a community vote.

    The vendor that the district went through to print the ballot material has informed the district that all materials have gone to the post office today.  Ballots are being mailed first class priority mail and should be received by June 3rd at the latest.  If you do not receive a ballot by June 3rd, please contact the district clerk to have one sent or delivered to your home address.

    Ballots can be mailed by June 5th to guarantee delivery or they may be dropped off at the secure ballot box that will be in front of the district office on June 8th and 9th from 8 am to 4 pm.

    Absentee ballots will be sent out to all voters and must be returned by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.  If you do not receive a ballot by June 5 and believe you should have, please contact the district clerk at (518) 765-3313 or jtabakian@voorheesville.org. Ballots will include a postage-paid envelope so voters can return them by mail.

    The district will have a secure drop off box located outside the district office for residents who would like to drop off their ballot on June 8th and 9th between 8 am and 4 pm. 

    2020-2021 Budget Newsletter

    Voters to decide on $26 million proposed budget, Board elections on Tuesday, June 9

    Residents of the Voorheesville Central School District will vote by absentee ballot only on a $26,022,115 proposed budget for the 2020- 21 school year. Ballots will be mailed out prior to the vote to current residents that have voted on the budget within the last four years. Ballots must be signed and placed in the mail no later than Friday, June 5.

    The district will have a secure drop off box located outside the district office for residents who would like to drop off their ballot on June 8th and 9th between 8 am and 4 pm.

    The proposed budget represents a 2.4 percent, or $616,883, an increase in spending. It proposes a property tax levy of 3.1% percent, which is the maximum allowable limit the district can go to as calculated under the state’s “tax cap” formula. A simple majority (50 percent plus one vote) is needed for approval.

    The true property value grew by $88,708,902 in 2019-20 giving Voorheesville Central School District the highest growth factor in the Capital Region. The addition of the new residential growth in the district, along with a corrected equalization rate for the Guilderland residents has allowed the overall tax levy to be spread out amongst these added properties allowing for slower growth in the tax rates.

    “We are fortunate to have a large growth factor that will allow for a minimal impact on taxpayers,” said Superintendent Frank Macri.

    The district will be adding a part-time social-emotional support staff person, potential fulltime elementary teacher, based on enrollment, and reinstating the home and careers person from .8 to full time.

    Voorheesville may face additional reductions to its state aid as the enacted state budget includes three “look back” periods in May, July, and December. At these times, the State Division of Budget will evaluate revenues against projections and potentially withhold or adjust aid to localities, including school districts. Currently, the district is anticipating a loss of 10 percent ($359,000) in expected revenue. However, the possibility for mid-year aid cuts means that Voorheesville may receive even less state funding than it appears at this time.

    “The district strives to maintain the current programs and offerings for our students and community while we navigate this turbulent time in history,” said Superintendent Frank Macri.

    The ballot will also include a proposition that allows the district to purchase one 65-passenger school bus and two 28-passenger buses for a cost of $236,000. The funding for this proposition will come from state aid at approximately 60% of costs.

    Additionally, voters will decide on the Voorheesville Public Library budget and one vacant trustee seat which is open for election. Voters will also elect three members to the Board of Education. The candidates running are Tim Kremer, Argi O’Leary, Tricia Putman, and Bryan Richmond.

    For more information on the board candidates

    Budget at a Glance

    Budget total:
    • $26,022,115

    Spending increase:
    • $616,883/2.4%

    Tax levy increase:
    • $570,907/3%

    Also on the ballot:
    • Proposition to purchase 3 school buses
    • Elect three members to the Board of Education
    • Public Library vote and one vacant trustee seat open for election

    Three Part Budget

    2020-2021 Whole Budget

    What happens if the budget is defeated?

    If the budget is defeated, the Board has three options: present the same budget for another vote; submit a revised budget for a vote; or adopt a contingent budget. If the budget is defeated twice, the board must adopt a contingent budget, by law.

    Under the tax levy cap law, if a district adopts a contingent budget, it cannot increase its tax levy from that of the prior year by any amount – a zero percent increase. For Voorheesville, a contingent budget will cut approximately $570,906 from the proposed budget. The district would be subject to various limits and controls on how the money within the contingent budget is spent, and would have to charge fees for public use of school buildings and grounds.

    In the case of a budget defeat, school districts typically can put up the same budget or a revised budget for a second vote. However, given the delay in this year’s initial vote to June 9, the date in law for a revote of June 16 would not be possible. That would mean that school districts would have to adopt a contingent budget after the first defeat. The district is seeking further guidance on what options may be available in that event. The school district’s tax levy would remain the same.

    How to: Vote on 2020-21 School Budgets & Board Candidates (By Mail Only)

     

     

    2020-21 Budget Development

     

    In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

    The executive order establishes a timeline of actions that schools must undertake leading up to this date, including sending an absentee ballot with a prepaid return envelope to all qualified voters. Qualified voters are defined as U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older and have lived in the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote.

    Following budget adoption, the district will make the proposed budget available to the public, hold a budget hearing (which will take place remotely), and mail a budget notice to all residents after the budget hearing. This procedure is no different than other years except for the hearing being held remotely.

    Additionally, the executive order calls for districts to send each qualified voter a postcard with the date of the election, the date of the budget hearing and the definition of a qualified voter.

    The district is continuing to review the details of the executive order and will share more information, including the date of the public budget hearing, as soon as possible. 

    Board of Education Election

    The order also waived the minimum signature threshold for board of education candidates and states that candidates must meet all of the other requirements to run for the board. These include being qualified voters and having lived in the district continuously for one year prior to the election. 

    If you are interested in running for a position on our Board, please contact the board clerk, Jessica Tabakian, at jtabakian@voorheesville.org or contact her at (518) 765-3313 by May 11th.

     


    Executive Order Delays School Budget & Board Member Votes – March 30, 2020

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Cuomo released an executive order on March 30 indicating that school budget votes and board member elections would not take place on May 19 as scheduled this year. “Any school board, library board, or village election scheduled to take place in April or May of 2020 is hereby postponed until at least June 1, 2020, and subject to further directive as to the timing, location or manner of voting for such elections,” the executive order states.


    Mr. Macri and Mr. Rielly presented the following presentation on May 11, 2020, Board of Education Meeting:

    2020-2021 Budget Presentation

     

    Mr. Macri and Mr. Rielly presented the following presentation on April 20, 2020, Board of Education Meeting:

    2020-2021 Budget Presentation

     

    Mr. Macri and Mr. Rielly presented the following presentation at the March 9, 2020 Board of Education meeting:

     
     
     
    At January 27, 2020, Budget Workshop Meeting the following presentation was given by Mr. Francis Rielly, and Mr. Frank Macri:
     
     
     
     
    The first draft of the 2020-2021 budget was presented at the February 10, 2020 Board of Education meeting by Superintendent, Mr. Frank Macri:
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    School District Budget Information 2019-2020 
     
     
     

    The Voorheesville Central School District Board of Education is proposing a 2019 – 2020 General Fund school budget of $25,405,232.44.  This represents an increase of $686,657 or 2.778% from the 2018 – 2019 budget.  

    The estimated tax levy will be $18,184,759, which is a 2.96% increase from 2018– 2019.  Voorheesville CSD’s tax cap maximum is 2.96%, which means the 2019– 2020 tax levy will be at the maximum.  The tax levy meets the requirements set forth by New York State to be at the State’s tax cap.

     

    The BUDGET HEARING was held on May 7th at 7:00 PM in the Library at the High School.

    Click here for the presentation: Budget Hearing

     

    The BUDGET VOTE will be held on Tuesday, May 21st from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Middle School Foyer. 

     

    There is one open Board of Education seat.

    Voting on the candidates will take place at the same time as the budget vote.  

    Two propositions for the school (School Budget, and Purchase of School Buses) will also be presented to the voters.  

    The public will also vote on the Library Budget, and vote for one Library trustee.

     

    Please see the:
     
     
     
    At the April 8, 2019 Budget Workshop Meeting the following presentation was given by Mr. Hunt:
     
     
     
     
    Budget Documents:
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Mr. Hunt will present on the following at the Budget Forum on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 pm in the Library:
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    At the March 11, 2019 Board of Education Meeting the following presentation was given by Mr. Hunt:
     
     
     
     
     
    On February 11, 2019 Mr. Hunt presented on the following:
     
     
     
     
     
     
    At the January 28, 2019 Budget Workshop Meeting the following presentation was given by Mr. Hunt:
     
     
     
     
    Revenue Budget at Levy Limit:
     
    Tax Cap:
     
     
    Enrollment Documents:
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     
    School District Budget Information 2018-2019
     

    The Voorheesville Central School District Board of Education is proposing a 2018 – 2019 General Fund school budget of $24,718,575.  This represents an increase of $531,052 or 2.19% from the 2017 – 2018 budget.  

    The estimated tax levy will be $17,662,147, which is a 2.50% increase from 2017– 2018.  Voorheesville CSD’s tax cap maximum is 2.78%, which means the 2018 – 2019 tax levy will be less than the maximum.  The tax levy meets the requirements set forth by New York State to be under the State’s tax cap.

     

    The BUDGET HEARING was held on May 7th at 7:00 PM in the Library at the High School.

    Click here for the presentation: Budget Hearing

     

    The BUDGET VOTE will be held on Tuesday, May 15th from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Middle School Foyer. 

     

    There are two open Board of Education seats.

    Voting on the candidates will take place at the same time as the budget vote.  

    Four propositions (School Budget, Purchase of School Buses, Capital Reserve Fund, and Capital Improvement Project) will also be presented to the voters.  

    Please see the:
     
     
     
     
     
     
    At the April 9, 2018 Board of Education Meeting Mr. Hunt presented on the following:
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Mr. Hunt presented the following at the March 12, 2018 Board of Education Meeting:
     
     
     
     
     
     
    At the January 29, 2018 Budget Workshop the following presentations were given:
     
     
     
     
     
    At the February 12, 2018 Board of Education meeting Mr. Hunt presented the first draft of the budget.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    School District Budget Information 2017-2018
     

    The Voorheesville Central School District Board of Education is proposing a 2017 – 2018 General Fund school budget of $24,187,523. This represents an increase of $391,189 or 1.64% from the 2016 – 2017 budget.  

    The estimated tax levy will be $17,231,363, which is a 2.00% increase from 2016 – 2017.  Voorheesville CSD’s tax cap maximum is 2.38%, which means the 2017 – 2018 tax levy will be less than the maximum percentage allowed without requiring an approval rate of at least 60%.  The tax levy adopted by the Board of Education meets the requirements set forth by New York State to be under the State’s tax cap.

     

    The BUDGET HEARING will be on May 8th at 7:00 PM in the Library at the High School.

     

    The BUDGET VOTE will be held on Tuesday, May 16th from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Middle School Foyer. 

     

    There are two open Board of Education seats.

    Voting on the candidates will take place at the same time as the budget vote.  

    Three propositions (School Budget, Purchase of School Buses, Capital Reserve Fund) will also be presented to the voters.  

     
    Please see the VCSD PROPOSED BUDGET 
     

    Budget Details:

     

    ·  Expense Budget

    ·  Revenue Budget

    ·  Three Part Budget

    ·  Property Tax Report Card

    ·  Salary Disclosure

     

    Fiscal Accountability Summary

    https://data.nysed.gov/fiscal.php?year=2015&instid=800000055278

     
    School Report Card
     
     
     
     
     
    At the March 13, 2017 Board of Education Meeting potential budget adjustments were presented to the public.
     
     
     
     
     
    At the February 13, 2017 Board of Education meeting Mr. Hunt presented the updated 2017-2018 Preliminary Budget.
     
     
     
    Mr. Hunt  presented the Preliminary Budget Draft at the Budget meeting on January 30, 2017.
     
     
    Tax Cap
     
    Enrollment Documents