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Budget

Budget Vote Day Details

The school budget is the biggest investment the community collectively makes with its tax dollars. 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.

Voters will cast ballots on the proposed 2019-20 school budget and school board candidates on Tuesday, May 21. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

 

Budget Development Presentations

In the months leading up to the vote, the Warwick Valley Central School District Board of Education will work with district and school leaders to develop a budget proposal informed by the district’s mission, educational goals and fiscal challenges and opportunities. All budget development presentations are open to the public. The following presentations have taken place or will take place at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center on the following dates:

  • January 28
  • February 25
  • April 8
  • April 25: Budget Adoption
  • May 13: Public Hearing

Budget News 

Voting Information

How do I know if I am qualified to vote?

In order to be legally qualified to vote in the annual school district budget vote and Board of Education election, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be a district resident for 30 days or more by May 21 (this must be your primary, permanent residence);
  • be at least 18 years old as of May 21, 2019;
  • be registered to vote by May 14, 2019.

How do I register?

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

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. This year’s budget vote will take place on Tuesday, May 21.

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:

Or, contact the Election Coordinator: 
Phone: 845-987-3000, ext. 10530
Email: jbengel@wvcsd.org

How can I vote by 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. To receive an absentee ballot, voters must submit an application. Residents may obtain an application from the District Clerk, 845-987-3000: slaroe@wvcsd.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.

2018-19 budget overview

Warwick Valley Central School District currently operates under a $92.8 million spending plan. The budget was approved by district residents by a margin of 67 percent on May 15, 2018.

The 2018-19 budget reflects a 3 percent overall spending increase compared to the previous, with a 2.95 percent tax levy increase.

The budget, recent audit reports, and other fiscal information is available on this website, and links to the documents can be found on the right side of this screen. If you have difficulty accessing these documents, please contact Timothy Holmes and they will be provided in an alternate format. 

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2018-19 Budget Summary

  • Total Budget: $92,819,749
  • Spending Increase: 3.0%
  • Tax Levy Increase: 2.95%

View the complete 2018-19 school budget, with subtotals for each category, here.

Tax information: 2018-19 School Tax Rates

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

*Note: The district sets final tax rates each August, after the towns finalize assessment figures and the state sets the equalization rates.

Tax-Levy History 

  • 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  –  1.58%
    • Last 10 Years  –  2.36%
    • Last 20 Years  –  5.13%