Board of Education adopts budget proposal for 2017-18 school year; budget vote set for Tuesday, May 16
On Tuesday, May 16, residents of the Warwick Valley Central School District will vote on a proposed $90,116,888 budget for the 2017-18 school year. The WVCSD Board of Education adopted the budget proposal during their regular meeting on Thursday, April 20.
Proposed budget stays within tax cap, enhances academic program
At the annual school budget vote in May, Warwick residents will consider a $90.1 million budget for 2017-18 with a tax levy increase of 1.8%. The proposed budget calls for a spending increase of $1.9 million, or 2.17%. Voters will also elect three candidates to the school board, decide on a bus purchase proposition and whether to establish two capital reserve funds. (See below for more information.)
The tax levy increase of $1.05 million, or 1.8%, is within the District’s maximum allowable increase.
The District generates almost $2 million annually from non-tax revenue comprised of tuition and rental payments. This revenue helps the District to maintain its strong academic program.
This budget proposal also includes some reduced expenses due to teacher retirements, fewer bus routes, a lower contribution rate to the state teacher retirement fund and the refinancing of debt on the Albert Wisner Public Library.
“The goal in developing this budget proposal was to enhance learning opportunities for students while staying within the tax cap threshold,” said Superintendent Dr. David Leach.
The three-part budget, projected revenues and proposed expenditures
The school budget is broken down into three major categories – program costs, administrative costs and capital costs. Projected revenues and proposed expenditures are further itemized.
Board of Education candidates, other propositions
2017-18 budget development
Please visit the budget development page for a list of upcoming Board of Education meetings, during which District administrators will discuss development of the proposed 2017-18 school budget. A public hearing on the proposed budget will take place on Monday, May 8, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., during the regular meeting of the Board at the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center.
2017-18 budget presentations
- Presentation 1, given on Feb. 13, 2017, covered the budget development process and reviewed highlights of the 2016-17 budget.
- Presentation 2, given on Feb. 13, 2017, covered projected revenues. Click here for a summary of this presentation.
- Presentation 3, given on Feb. 27, 2017, covered preliminary expenditures. Click here for a summary of this presentation.
- Presentation 4, given on March 13, 2017, covered revenue update, expenditures (BOCES services, technology, transportation, budget addition/reductions). Click here for a summary of this presentation.
- Presentation 5, given on April 3, 2017, covered updates on revenue and expenditures, plus additions and reductions in the budget.
Click here for a summary of this presentation.
Interested in running for a seat on the Board of Education?
Board Petitions & Qualifications 2017
Petitions to run for three available positions on the Warwick Valley Central School District Board of Education will be available on Monday, February 27, 2017 in the WVCSD District Office, 225 West Street Extension, Warwick.
The nominating petitions must include signatures of 31 qualified voters who reside in the district (district resident, U.S. citizen, 18 and older) and returned to the District Clerk by 5 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017.
The three Board members whose terms are due to expire this year are Robert Howe, Dory Masefield, and Erin Maxcy.
2016-17 budget overview
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
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 2016-17:
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. You can check if you are registered to vote on this year’s school budget vote here: https://es.findmypollplace.com/warwickvalleycsd/AmIRegistered
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
If you’re not sure whether you are registered or which election district you live in, click on the links below:
- Where to vote: https://es.findmypollplace.com/warwickvalleycsd/
- Am I registered: https://es.findmypollplace.com/warwickvalleycsd/AmIRegistered
Or, contact the Election Coordinator:
Phone: (845) 987-3000, ext. 10530
Can I get an absentee ballot?
Absentee ballots are available beginning the third week of April 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.