Budget Resources

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 at the district office, 133 School Drive, Delanson, NY 12053, (518) 895-2279.

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. to 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 therefore known to the Inspector of Election before the close of the polls.

School Budget 101: Balancing the Budget

Each year, 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?

Each year, school boards must develop a balanced school budget proposal for the following school year and put it to a public vote on the third Tuesday in May. In New York, this requirement for a balanced, voter-approved annual budget is unique to public schools. The school budget is the only government spending plan that residents can impact directly by voting.

A balanced budget means that revenue, the money coming in, must equal expenses, the money going out to support student programs and services. Here are some examples of revenues and expenses.

EXPENSES = REVENUE

Money going out:
Salaries/Benefits
Curriculum/Staff Development
Facilities Maintenance & Operation
Transportation
Debt Service

Money coming in:
State Funds
Federal Funds
Property Taxes
Miscellaneous Income
Appropriated Fund Balance*

School district expenses at a glance

Salaries and benefits:
Education is a people business. On average, approximately 80 cents of every dollar goes to pay for salaries and benefits of teachers and staff.
Facilities maintenance and operation:
Districts must ensure students can attend schools that are safe, clean, functional and well-maintained in a healthy environment with adequate heating, ventilation and lighting.
Curriculum development, technology and supplies:
Ongoing curriculum development and training enhances the ability of teachers and support staff to provide students with a high-quality education, while instructional technology and supplies help students gain skills necessary for future success.
Transportation:
Districts must ensure that all school vehicles meet state safety standards and provide an efficient, reliable mode of transportation in accordance with school board policy and state law.

School district revenues at a glance

State funds:
New York state provides funding for public schools in the form of aid for general operations and funding designated for particular expenses.
Federal funds:
The federal government does provide some aid for schools in New York. On average, this aid is less than 5 percent of a school district’s annual revenue.
Property taxes:
If there is a gap between state/federal funds and estimated total expenses, districts generally fill it with local property taxes. Districts are required to calculate a “maximum allowable tax levy” under the property tax cap law. Exceeding the cap requires approval by a supermajority of voters (60 percent or more).

*What is a fund balance?
If revenue collected for the school budget remains at the end of a district’s fiscal year, that money becomes part of its fund balance. Districts must adhere to state laws that govern how fund balance can be spent. Options include applying it to a future budget in the form of revenue, earmarking it for anticipated future needs and/or saving it for unexpected emergencies.

The current school-year budget

Visit the budget & taxes webpage for information about the current year’s budget.