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About the annual school budget vote

In New York state, local school boards must annually develop a balanced school budget proposal and put it up for a public vote on the third Tuesday in May. District expenses may include salaries and benefits, curriculum, staff development, facilities maintenance and operation, transportation and debt service. Revenue includes state funding, federal funding, property taxes and appropriated fund balance. 

2023-2024 Budget Calendar

DATE BUDGET TOPIC LOCATION/TIME
November 17, 2022 Board adoption of 2023-24 Budget Calendar BOE Business Meeting
7:00 pm
December 2022 Building and Departmental Budget and Staffing Meetings
January 5, 2023 Budgets & staff requests due to Assistant Superintendent  for Business
January 12, 2023 Initial Budget Overview Parameters & Variables/District-wide   BOE Work Session
7:00 pm
March 1, 2023 Submit 2023-24 Tax Levy Limit Information to NYS Office of State Comptroller
March 16, 2023 Budget Presentation #1 BOE Work Session                 7:00 pm
March 23, 2023 Budget Presentation #2

BOE Business Meeting
7:00 pm

April 1, 2023 Public Notice #1
Legal notice of date, time and place of School Budget Hearing and Annual Budget Vote.  Must advertise 4 times within 7 weeks with the first legal notice being published not later than 45 days before the election.
April 13, 2023 Budget Presentation #3  BOE Work Session 7:00 pm
April 14, 2023 Public Notice #2  
April 17, 2023 •        Submission of petitions for propositions to be placed on ballot.
•        Submission of petitions for Board of Education candidates by 5:00 pm.
•        Campaign Expense filing to District Clerk 30 days prior to vote.
April 20, 2023 BOE adoption of 2023-24 Budget and Property Tax Report Card Vote on BOCES Administrative Budget BOE Business Meeting 7:00 pm
April 21, 2023  Property Tax Report Card to NYSED and local newspapers.
April 21 - May 9, 2023  Mail Absentee Ballots  
April 27, 2023 - May 16, 2023 Budget Document available to public District Website
April 28, 2023 Public Notice #3  
May 4, 2023 Annual Budget Hearing BOE Work Session  7:00 pm
May 8, 2023 Budget Newsletter and School Budget Notice mailed to District residents
May 11, 2023 * Campaign Expense filing to District Clerk (5 days prior to vote)
*Last day of voter registration
*Last day for absentee applications to be received if the ballot is to be mailed to the voters
May 12, 2023 Public Notice #4  
May 16, 2023 Budget Vote and Annual District Meeting (6 am to 9 pm High School Gym)
Board to adopt 2022-23 Budget Vote Results


Click here for 2023-2024 budget calendar PDF.

2022-2023 APPROVED BUDGET INFORMATION:

  • A $116,675,305 budget for the 2022-23 school year that increases spending $7,051,997 over the current year's budget and carries a tax levy increase of 1.8%: 1,423 YES to 349 NO.
  • The Capital Reserve Fund Proposition was approved: 1,384 YES to 361 NO. 
  • The proposed budget was adopted by the Board of Education on April 21, 2022.
  • View the adopted budget documents.
  • View the school report card.

Register to Vote

In order to qualify to vote you must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, resident of the district for 30 days immediately preceding the election and a registered voter.

If you are not registered, prospective voters can still register to vote with the local county board of elections by completing an online application with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.


Absentee Ballots

Complete the application for an absentee ballot

First, you must fill out an application for an absentee ballot to confirm the reason why you will not be able to vote in person. There are three ways to obtain an absentee ballot application:

  1. You can download and print the application for an absentee ballot.
  2. You can contact the district clerk at 845-497-4000 Ext. 27042 or email her at crodriguez@wcsdk12.org and ask to have it mailed to you.
  3. You can visit the district clerk to fill it out in person at the WCSD Administration Building, 52 West Main Street, Washingtonville, NY 10992.

Actual ballots will not be available to be picked up or mailed until April 22, 2022, at the earliest.


Absentee Ballot Q&A

Q: Who may use this application for a school district absentee ballot?

A: You may use this application if you are a qualified voter who resides in a school district that provides for personal registration for voters.  You may only apply for an absentee ballot on your own behalf.  If you are unsure whether your district provides for personal registration, please contact Teresa M. Silverman, District Clerk, at 845-497-4000 ext. 27042 or at crodriguez@wcsdk12.org.

Q: Who is a qualified voter?

A: You are qualified to vote in your school district if you are:

  • a citizen of the United States;
  • at least 18 years of age; and
  • a resident of the school district for a period of at least 30 days preceding the meeting or election at which you seek to vote.

No person shall have the right to register for or vote at any school meeting or election who would not be qualified to register for or vote at an election in accordance with the provisions of Election Law §5-106.

This application is not intended for Military Absentee Ballots.

Q: Where and when should my absentee ballot application be submitted?

A: If you request the absentee ballot be mailed to you, your application must be received by the district clerk no later than 7 days before the election for which you seek an absentee ballot.  Otherwise, you may personally deliver your application to the district clerk no later than the day before the election.  You may not submit your application more than 30 days prior to the election.

Q: When will the absentee ballot be sent to me?

A: If you request that the absentee ballot be mailed to you, the district clerk will mail your ballot by regular mail no later than 6 days prior to the election.  Otherwise, the district clerk will deliver your ballot to you or your agent, as designated on your application, when you or your agent appears in the district clerk’s office.

For your ballot to be canvassed, it must be received by the school district clerk by 5:00PM on the day of the election, Tuesday, May 17, 2022.


 

Budget Questions?

As a reminder, you can always share your questions, comments, or feedback with the Board of Education and the Central Staff by completing this form.

Budget 101