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Warwick Valley voters approve 2018-2019 budget, two propostions


Warwick Valley Central School District residents on Tuesday, May 15,  approved the proposed $92.8 million budget for the 2018-19 school year by a margin of 67 percent, or 844 yes votes to 416 no votes.

Residents re-elected current WVCSD Board of Education members Lynn Lillian (989 votes), David Eaton (954 votes) and Sharon Davis (989 votes) to three-year terms.

The school bus purchase proposition passed by a margin of 65.1 percent, with 816 yes votes to 437 no votes.

The proposition to fund a repair reserve passed by a margin of 71.05 percent, with 891 yes votes to 363 no votes.

“We are extremely grateful for the community’s support,” Superintendent David Leach said. “We thank everyone who participated in the process and came out to vote today.”

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

Budget 101 Video

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:

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:

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:

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.

2017-18 budget overview

The 2017-18 school budget vote took place on Tues., May 16, 2017. Proposition 1, the budget, passed with 1,289 yes votes and 519 no votes – an approval of 71.3 percent. Proposition 2, school bus purchases, passed with 1,080 yes votes and 716 no votes – an approval of 60.1 percent. Proposition 3, to establish a capital reserve fund for the purchase of school buses, passed by a margin of 59.4 percent – 1,061 yes votes to 726 no votes. And Proposition 4, to establish a reserve fund for capital improvements, passed by a margin of 67.4 percent, with 1,205 yes votes to 582 no votes.

2017-18 Budget Summary

  • Total Budget: $90,116,888
  • Spending Increase: 2.17%
  • Tax Levy Increase: 1.8%

Tax information

School Tax Rates

Listed below are the school tax rates for the 2017-18 school year. Tax rates are per $1,000 of assessed property value. 

School Year 2017-18:

  • Warwick: 158.42*
    (If your Warwick home is assessed at $40,000,
    your school/library tax will be about $6,337.)
  • Chester: 36.42*
    (If your Chester home in the Warwick school district
    is assessed at $170,000, your school/library tax will be about $6,191.) 

*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.

See a breakdown of school/library/library bond tax rates.