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June 2020 Voting

Due to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.26, the annual school budget vote will be conducted on Tuesday, June 9, by absentee ballot only. A budget hearing is scheduled for May 26. The budget hearing will be held remotely.
 
Because Schenevus has an open vote policy please verify that you are registered to vote though the school by going to this link and filling out your information to confirm. http://nb.findmypollplace.com/schenevuscsd/AmIRegistered.aspx?language=en

If you are not in our system, please fill out a new voter registration form and return to the district office with a copy of your drivers license as proof of residency. If you are not registered though the county or the school, you will not receive an absentee ballot to vote. If you plan to participate in this year’s school budget vote, please check if you are registered as soon as possible. 
https://ems.nasboces.org/DownloadForms/Registrant_Information_Form.pdf

The cutoff date to register is Wednesday, June 3. If you have any questions, please feel to let us know.

BUDGET PROCESS 2020-2021

 
Final 2020-2021 Budget Adopted on May 19,2020
            COMMUNITY BUDGET PRESENTATION
 
During the May 19th BOE Meeting , Superintendent Carlin presented the final options to the Board to determine the final Budget to be adopted: Budget Presentation 
The Board approved to go out at a 2.91% tax increase to stay within the tax levy limit.
 
What's in the budget? To limit the tax levy increase to 2.91% (the district’s tax levy limit), the proposed budget will leave one retirement unfilled and eliminate one special education teacher position, as well as seven teacher’s aides and one administrative position, but student academic and extracurricular programs would continue. 
Funding: The proposal would also use funds from the district’s restricted reserves. These normally are not used to balance a budget, as they are designated for specific purposes, but the Board of Education elected to use them this year to limit the tax levy increase while preserving programs.  

State aid down, costs rising: The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a number of challenges for the district’s fiscal future. Year-to-year expenses — mostly associated with contractual increases in salaries and benefits for staff — continue to rise, despite constant efforts to trim spending, but state aid is not keeping pace with those added expenses. In fact, Schenevus is facing a reduction in state aid, and the governor has indicated that more cuts may be coming. Based on this uncertainty, the board has sought to further limit spending in its proposed budget.  

No chance for a revote: If the district were to increase the tax levy to help meet these costs, the ballot would require a “supermajority” — 60% of voters — for approval. Ordinarily, if this initial proposal were not approved by voters, the district would have the chance to put a revised budget proposal before voters for a re-vote.  
However, a revote is not possible this year due to the timing of this initial vote. If this budget proposal is not approved by voters, the district would have to adopt a contingent budget. Therefore, the Board of Education weighed the risk of a tax levy increase against the risk of being forced to adopt a contingent budget, and the decision was made to stay within the district’s tax levy limit.  

What a ‘no’ vote means: If voters do not approve the budget,  the district would be forced to adopt a contingent budget. A contingent budget would require that there be a 0% tax levy increase, which would be a $100,000 cut to revenue. This could require the district to cut non-mandated programs such as athletics and prekindergarten, and would eliminate spending in other areas, such as new equipment and community building usage. 

Budget planning - Archived materials 

During the January 14, 2020 BOE Meeting. Superintendent Carlin presented the initial DRAFT Admin and Program Budget.
 
 

Budget Vocabulary

A budget deficit occurs when expenses exceed revenue.

How do you solve a deficit?
        1. Increase the amount of money you make
        2. Decrease the amount of money you spend
A budget shortfall is a failure to come up to expectation or need.  The revenue did not meet the need of the expenses. A $700,000 budget shortfall means that the revenues coming in fall $700,000 short of meeting the expenses.

How do you solve a budget shortfall?
        1. Increase the amount of money you make to meet
        2. Decrease the amount of money you spend
Deficit spending is the amount by which spending exceeds revenue over a particular period of time.

How do you avoid deficit spending? Don’t spend more than what you make!
Budget deficits, shortfalls and deficit spending do not mean that money is missing! It simply means there is not enough money to support the spending.
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159 Main Street, Schenevus, NY 12155
Phone 607 638 5881 | Fax 607 638 5600
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