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Warwick Valley Central School District

2019-20 Budget 

– Budget Vote: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Public schools are one of the most consequential investments a community makes collectively. Warwick residents will consider a school budget proposal for the 2019-20 school year on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Before the vote, the WVCSD 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.

Budget development presentations

Budget development presentations are open to the public. There is opportunity for public comment, and participation is encouraged. Meetings will take place 7 p.m. Mondays in the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center (unless otherwise noted), on the following dates:

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

Please visit the budget development page for a timeline of the budget development process.

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.

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. 

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. Look for the the coming school year’s final tax rates at this time.

Tax-Levy History 2000 to Present

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%