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June 22, 2017

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'.

 

Each budget season, all programs and services are reviewed to find where savings can be found. The district has made numerous cuts and consolidations in recent years, but care has also been taken to preserve the district’s educational program.

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 & updates

Duanesburg CSD residents approve budget, bus and property purchase propositions and elect three to Board of Education

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 378 to 192 a proposition to purchase a 65-passenger, propane-powered school bus; a 42-passenger, gasoline-powered school bus and a 20-passenger, gasoline-powered school bus at a maximum total cost of $270,000.

They also approved by a vote of 347 to 221 a proposition to allow Duanesburg Central School District to purchase property at 1744 Alexander Road in Delanson at a cost of $100,000 plus ordinary and customary closing costs. The purchase will use the district’s fund balance and have 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 and ending June 30, 2020. Those seats are held until June 30 by Mike Jackson and Mara Burns, who did not seek reelection to the Board.

District residents also elected Joshua Menzies to a one-year term on the Board beginning May 17, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018. That seat had been filled by Tina Gamache, who was appointed earlier this school year to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Bob Fiorini.

Background info and resources

 

Board adopts proposed 2017-18 budget

The Duanesburg Central School District Board of Education voted at their April 11 meeting to adopt a proposed $16,317,500 budget for the 2017-18 school year. District residents will vote on the proposed budget on May 16.

The proposed budget increases spending by $687,268 over the current year’s budget and includes a tax levy increase of 1.91 percent, which is below the district's 2.51 percent tax levy limit (“cap”). 

As the proposed levy change is below the district’s tax levy limit, the proposed budget requires a simple majority (50 percent plus one vote) for approval. READ MORE

Three seats will be open on the Board of Education

Three seats will be open on the DCS Board of Education for terms beginning July 1, 2017. District residents will vote on May 16, 2017 to fill seats currently held by Mike Jackson and Mara Burns, for three-year terms expiring June 30, 2020, and by Tina Gamache, for a one-year term commencing May 17, 2017 and expiring June 30, 2018. Gamache is currently filling a vacancy left by the resignation of Bob Fiorini.

The following candidates, in ballot order according to a random drawing of positions, are running for the board: Jennifer Sexton, Joshua Menzies, Camille J. Siano Enders and Tina Gamache. READ MORE

Voters to decide on bus purchase proposition

On May 16, district residents will vote on a proposition to purchase a 65-passenger, propane-powered school bus; a 42-passenger, gasoline-powered school bus and a 20-passenger, gasoline-powered school bus at a maximum total cost of $270,000.

If the proposition is approved, DCS would be reimbursed by state aid for nearly 70 percent of the total purchase price, reducing the local cost to approximately $16,200 per year for five years. READ MORE

Residents to vote on proposition to purchase property next to H.S.

On May 16, residents will vote on a proposition that would allow Duanesburg Central School District to purchase property at 1744 Alexander Road in Delanson at a cost of $100,000 plus ordinary and customary closing costs.
The purchase would be made using the district’s fund balance and would have no tax impact.

The property is near the northeast corner of the high school and would be used for parking for events at the new auditorium.
The current property owner is working to donate the house to a non-profit organization, which then would relocate it.

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?Download an informative flier and learn more.

Current year's budget (2016-17 school year)

District residents approved the proposed $15,630,232 budget for the 2016-17 school year by a vote of 375 to 194, a 66 percentage of approval. The budget includes a tax levy change of 1.46 percent, below the district's maximum allowable levy of 2.33 percent.

Residents also approved a proposition to purchase two 65-passenger propane-powered school buses. They re-elected Kent Sanders and elected Deborah F. Grier to three-year terms on the DCS Board of Education. READ MORE    - DOWNLOAD THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR BUDGET NEWSLETTER

Absentee ballots

Applications for absentee ballots will be 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.

 

 

Issues impacting school budgets

 

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 (PDFs) about the THREE TAX LEVY LIMIT NUMBERS and the TAX LEVY LIMIT FORMULA.

What is the district planning for the future?

Visit the DCS STRATEGIC PLANNING PAGE