March 20, 2018

Budget Information


The budget development process at DCS


Planning a school budget takes on heightened focus from late winter until the public vote in May. However, developing a budget that both meets student needs and reflects community input is a year-long process.

Today's students are growing up in a global, complex and highly competitive society that demands much more than a basic education. It is the duty and mission of DCS to provide students with a depth and breadth of educational programs and services that equip them with the skills and knowledge to be college and career-ready, whether their plans include higher education, the workplace, a trade or craft, family business or the military.

The Duanesburg Central School District, like many small, rural districts, is challenged by rising expenses (e.g., state mandates, health insurance premiums), revenues and school aid that can't keep pace, and an annual tax levy limit/cap.


DESEach budget season, all programs and services are reviewed to find potential savings. The challenge is to consolidate, revise and trim where possible, while still preserving the educational program provided for our children.

DCS is proud of its schools, students and community and is committed to moving forward as a place where people want to live, raise and educate their children. The district encourages the community to be a part of that process and help prepare students for the future.


Budget news



Vote is May 15 in the Elementary Cafeteria

The annual school budget vote will be Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in the Elementary Cafeteria, from 1-9 p.m. Please note this is a location change from the printed wall calendar mailed in August 2017.

Board of Education discusses draft budget

The Board of Education discussed a draft budget for the next school year at their Feb. 27 meeting and budget work session. The $17,150,000 draft budget would be a 5.10% increase over the current year's budget, include a .90% tax levy increase that is below the district's .91% tax levy limit, and cover increased costs for staff salaries and benefits, new programs and debt service. Initial estimates of the governor's proposed budget show the district receiving an overall 8.8% overall aid increase, including a 1.8% increase in state foundation aid and a 55.6% increase in state building aid, along with reduced aid in other areas.

The presentation may be viewed here, and is also available as a hard copy by contacting the district office at (518) 895-2279 or

Note: The March 13 Board meeting was canceled due to weather. That meeting's agenda was postponed to the March 27 meeting.


Information on the current year's budget


On May 16, 2017, Duanesburg Central School District residents voted 376 to 191 to approve a proposed $16,317,500 budget for the 2017-18 school year, a 66.3 percentage of approval. Voters approved a proposition to purchase school buses. They also approved a proposition to purchase property on Alexander Road using the district’s fund balance and having no tax impact. District residents elected Jennifer Sexton and Camille J. Siano Enders to the Board of Education for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2017 and Joshua Menzies to a one-year term ending June 30, 2018. Go to 2017-18 Budget page



Background info and resources


School Budget 101: Balancing the Budget

School boards must develop a balanced school budget proposal for district residents to vote on each May, but what goes into that task? What are a school district's expenses? Where does the money come from? What is fund balance? Read the full article.

View a quick video

Absentee ballots

Applications for absentee ballots are obtainable between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays, from the District Clerk or by clicking the link at the right side of this page.

A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots have been issued will be available in the office of the District Clerk from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. prevailing time on each of the five days prior to the day of the election, except weekends, and on the day set for the election. Any qualified voter may challenge the acceptance of the ballot of any person on such list, by making his/her challenge and reasons therefor known to the Inspector of Election before the close of the polls.


Learn more: Mandates and mandate relief for schools

For many districts, fulfilling all mandates while staying within a property tax levy limit has meant ongoing reductions in non-mandated programs and services for students as well as the loss of staff positions. As a result, well-intended mandates threaten many nonmandated, but higher priority items for local communities.

Download an informative fact sheet (PDF) about mandates and mandate relief in New York State, and how mandates impact our schools.

What's the story behind the tax levy limit?

Many are confused by the continued use of the terminology "Tax Cap" as presented by the media and some officials in state government. Schools refer to the concept as a "Tax Levy Limit," but it's really a voter threshold. Click on the link to see a very short video that explains the tax levy limit: WATCH THE VIDEO.

Learn more: Download fact sheets about the THREE TAX LEVY LIMIT NUMBERS and the TAX LEVY LIMIT FORMULA.


What is the district planning for the future?