School Budget Information

Residents pass proposed budget for 2020-21

The residents of the Goshen Central School District passed the proposed $76 million budget for the 2020-21 school year, with with 2,470 yes votes and 1,281 no votes. The proposition to purchase eight school buses also passed with 2,203 yes votes and 1,543 no votes. Incumbents Allison Salte and Tom Mullane were appointed to the Board of Education with 2,515 votes and 2,148 votes, respectively. Juan D. Paneto received 1,685 votes.

About the school budget vote

In New York state, local school boards must annually develop a balanced school budget proposal and put it up for a public vote on the third Tuesday in May. District expenses may include salaries and benefits, curriculum, staff development, facilities maintenance and operation, transportation and debt service. Revenue includes state funding, federal funding, property taxes and appropriated fund balance. The district’s proposed budget vote typically passes by approximately 70 percent each year.

School Budgets 101: Balancing the Budget

Each year, school boards must develop a balanced school budget proposal for the following school year and put it to a public vote. 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. Learn more about balancing the budget

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Results for the 2019-20 budget vote

The budget  vote and Board of Education elections for the 2019-20 school year were held Tuesday, May 21. District residents passed the budget with the following results:

  • Total Budget: $73,249,777
  • Spending Increase: 2.68%
  • Tax Levy Increase: 3.2%
  • Budget Vote Results: 763 yes votes, 312 no votes
  • Bus Proposition Results (to purchase 7 school buses): 766 yes votes, 307 no votes
  • Capital Reserve Fund Proposition Results (Create a fund): 735 yes votes, 335 no votes
  • Board of Education Election Results:
    • Michael Lorenzo: 717 votes, three-year term
    • Jeremy Cassel: 648 votes, three-year term
    • Jacob Gardner: 538 votes

Equalized school tax rate by towns for 2019-20

  • Chester: 38.986586
  • Goshen: 37.197037
  • Hamptonburgh: 22.690331
  • Wallkill: 114.887051
  • Wawayanda: 34.641515