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May 21, 2018

Budget Information

 

Residents approve budget, propositions, elect 3 to board

May 15, 2018

Duanesburg Central School District residents approved the proposed $17,150,000 budget for the 2018-19 school year by 318 to 174, which is a 64.6% of approval.

DCS voters also approved, by a vote of 333 to 160, a proposition authorizing the purchase of three passenger school buses at a maximum estimated cost not to exceed $270,000.

They also approved a proposition, by a vote of 329 to 162, authorizing the district to establish a capital reserve fund for the purpose of financing the construction of general improvements, reconstruction, renovations, or additions to the district’s buildings.

DCS residents voted for Shayne Mitchell, Joshua Menzies and Teresa Wood-Irvin to fill three vacancies on the Board of Education for three-year terms that begin on July 1.

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.

PREVIOUS BUDGET NEWS

 

 

Residents to vote May 15 at central offices on proposed budget, Board of Education candidates, bus purchase and reserve fund propositions

May 15, 2018

DCS residents will vote May 15 on a proposed $17,150,000 budget for the 2018-19 school year, bus purchase and reserve fund propositions. The proposed 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 debt service, staff salaries and benefits, and new programs.

Four district residents are running for three-year terms that begin July 1 to fill three vacancies on the Board of Education. The seats are currently held by Dirk Felton and Christina Loukides, who are not running for re-election, and Joshua Menzies, who is running for re-election. All candidates run at-large rather than for a specific board seat.

District residents will consider two propositions on budget vote day. The first would authorize the district to purchase three (3) passenger school buses at a maximum estimated cost not to exceed $270,000.

The second would authorize the district to establish a Capital Reserve Fund for the purpose of financing the construction of general improvements, reconstruction, renovations, or additions to the District’s buildings, including site work and the acquisition of original furnishings, equipment, machinery or apparatus required for the purpose for which such buildings are used; and deposit annually into the Capital Reserve Fund such portion of the General Fund excess as determined by the Board. The ultimate amount of the Capital Reserve Fund shall be $6,000,000 and the probable duration of the Fund is ten (10) years.

LOCATION CHANGE: Vote is May 15 at the DCS District Central Offices

The annual school budget vote will be Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in the Duanesburg Central School District central offices, located adjacent to the main high school entrance, from 1-9 p.m. Please note this is a location change from the printed wall calendar mailed in August 2017 and from past practice.

Board of Education adopts proposed budget

The Board of Education adopted a proposed budget for the next school year at their April 17 meeting and budget work session. The $17,150,000 proposed 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 debt service, staff salaries and benefits, and new programs.

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

2018-19 school budget hearing, vote and election legal notice

The district publishes a legal notice in the Daily Gazette in April and May 2018.

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. Complete 2017-18 Budget document     Final 2017-18 Budget presentation

 

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.

Budget and financial reports

For assistance acccessing any of the reports or documents below or on this website, or for a printed copy of the report(s), please contact the DCS district office at (518) 895-2279.

2017 Financial Statement Report

 2016-17 Year-End Reserve Fund Analysis and Summary Report

2016-17 Extraclassroom Activity Financial Report