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The 2019-20 school budget is $95,089,284

On Tuesday, May 21, Warwick Valley Central School District residents approved a $95,089,284 budget for 2019-20 that increases spending by 2.45%, carries a 2.69% tax levy increase and is below the tax cap.

Voters also approved:

  • A no-cost referendum to purchase six school buses: Voters passed a proposition to purchase six school buses at a maximum cost of $607,380. The district will use $350,000 of its bus reserve fund to help offset the cost. About 57 percent of the cost — $347,168 — will be returned to the district in state transportation aid. Therefore, no additional taxes will be needed to purchase the buses.

  • Three seats on the board of education: Voters re-elected three incumbent candidates to fill three seats on the Warwick Valley Central School District Board of Education. Candidates, in order they appeared on the ballot, were: Eilleen Gagliano, Keith Parsons and Denise Ginley.

Warwick’s 2019-20 budget: $95,089,284 

Program Budget: $73,426,441 ($71,883,212 in 2018-19)
The Program Budget includes: The salaries and benefits of all teachers, guidance counselors, aides, monitors, psychologists, nurses, social workers and speech therapists.

Capital Budget: $11,740,790 ($11,107,402 in 2018-19)
The Capital Budget includes: Debt service on buildings; bus purchases; tax certiorari and court-ordered costs; and operations and maintenance costs including custodial staff.

Administrative Budget: $9,922,053 ($9,829,135 in 2018-19)
The Administrative Budget includes: The salaries and benefits of all professional members who spend 50 percent or more of their time in administration and supervision. Also included are: clerical staff; public information; curriculum development and supervision; research, planning and evaluation; legal services; and school board-related costs.

    School Tax Information

    Tax rates for each municipality within the district are set each August. They are based on the tax levy for the year and final municipal assessments for each of the towns. Tax rates vary between towns because property in each is assessed at different levels in relation to full market value. The state assigns each town an equalization rate to fairly divide the tax levy between the towns. The district does not control any part of the assessment or equalization process.

    • Town of Warwick: $159.34 per $1,000 of assessed value
    • Town of Chester: $38.08 per $1,000 of assessed value

    Warwick’s tax levy history

    • 2019-20  –  2.69%
    • 2018-19  –  2.95%
    • 2017-18  –  1.80%
    • 2016-17  –  0%
    • 2015-16  –  1.41 %
    • 2014-15  –  1.73%
    • 2013-14  –  3.37%
    • 2012-13  –  2.72%
    • 2011-12  –  3.67%
    • 2010-11  –  3.07%
      • Last 5 Years  –  1.77%
      • Last 10 Years  –  2.34%
      • Last 20 Years  –  5.13%

    Tax levy limits, explained 

    The tax levy limit is the highest allowable tax levy (before exemptions) that a school district can propose as part of its annual budget for which a simple majority of voters (50 percent + 1) would be required for authorization. Any proposed tax levy amount above this limit would require budget approval by a supermajority (60 percent or more) of voters. The tax levy limit sets a threshold requiring districts to obtain a higher level of community support for a proposed tax levy above a certain amount.