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2016-17 Budget

The 2016-17 school budget vote took place on Tues., May 17, 2016. Proposition 1, the budget, passed with 1,159 yes votes and 403 no votes – an approval of 74.2 percent. Proposition 2, school bus purchases, passed with 968 yes votes and 584 no votes – an approval of 62.4 percent.

2016-17 Budget Info:
  • Total Budget: $88,202,636
  • Spending Increase: 2.23%
  • Tax Levy Increase: 0%

Four candidates won seats on the Board of Education – 3 three-year terms and 1 one-year term:
Denise Ginley, 1,205 votes, three-year term
Keith Parsons, 1,104 votes, three-year term
Eilleen Gagliano, 1,074 votes, three-year term
Robert Howe, 1,049 votes, one-year term

Tax information

School Tax Rates

Listed below are the school tax rates for the current school year. Tax rates are per $1,000 of assessed property value. *Note: The district sets final tax rates each August, after the towns finalize assessment figures and the state sets the equalization rates. Look for the the coming school year’s final tax rates at this time.

School Year 2015-16:
Warwick: 155.40281
Chester: 35.72491

School Year 2016-17:
Warwick: 154.09516
Chester: 36.68973

Although the tax rates are not set until the towns of Warwick and Chester finalize assessment figures and the state sets the equalization rates in August, the District did not anticipate much change in the tax rates since the 16-17 budget carries a 0% tax levy increase. It is always possible tax rates could change slightly if the equalization rates (NYS) or assessed values (Towns) change.

School Budget Voting Information

Who can vote?

All voters must be United States citizens, age 18 or older on election day, residents of the school district for 30 days immediately prior to Election Day, and registered. People sometimes ask if they must own property to vote. The answer to that is no. The only criteria for registering are that you are a district resident, a U.S. citizen, and age 18 or older.

How do I register?

Registration simply involves signing the form indicating that you are 18 or older, are a U.S. citizen, and will have lived in the district for at least 30 days immediately prior to election day.

You may already be registered:

If you have voted in either a school district election within the past year or a local general election anytime in the past four years, you are already registered.

If you are not registered:

Ongoing voter registration is open through one week before the vote. You may register any school day between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the District Office in the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center on West Street Extension. Voters can also obtain Orange County Board of Education registration forms by calling the District Office at (845) 987-3000.

When and where do I vote?

By law, New York State school districts vote on the third Tuesday in May. There are three polling locations:

Election District 1

Pine Island Firehouse
684 County Rt. 1, Pine Island

Election District 2

Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center
Middle School Addition
225 West Street Extension

Election District 3

Kings Elementary School
199 Kings Highway

Can I get an absentee ballot?

Absentee ballots are available for voters who are unable to appear in person at the polls due to illness, physical disability, hospitalization or travel. Voters may obtain an application from the District Clerk, (845) 987-3000, before the vote;

The District Clerk must receive completed applications seven days prior to the vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or one day before the vote if the ballot is to be picked up personally by the voter.