Residents to vote via absentee ballot on $76,083,837 proposed budget for 2020-21
Goshen Central School District residents will vote exclusively via absentee ballot on a $76,083,837 proposed budget for the 2020-21 school year. Absentee ballots must be dropped off in the designated receptacle at the Main Street Building by 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 9 or received via mail by Tuesday, June 16.
The proposed budget, which carries a spending increase of $2,834,060 or 3.87%, will result in a tax levy increase of $1,835,633 or 3.52%, which is below the district’s legal limit as defined by New York’s tax levy cap legislation. A simple majority of voters (50% + 1) is needed to pass the budget. View details about the proposed budget
View the Budget Q&A
Goshen residents will vote exclusively via absentee ballot on a proposed $76,083,837 proposed budget for the 2020-21 school year. Absentee ballots must be dropped off in the designated receptacle at the Main Street Building by 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 9 or received via mail by Tuesday, June 16. Please view the following common questions about the proposed budget and how to vote. View the budget Q&A
Budget Vote 2020-21: What you need to know about voting
In an executive order issued Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and Board of Education election will take exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. There is no in-person voting this year. Learn more about how to vote on the 2020-21 proposed budget
View the public budget hearing recording
View an informational video on how to vote on the proposed budget
Please note that as per Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order on June 8, mail-in ballots may be received through June 16.
Annual school budget vote, BOE election to be by absentee ballot
In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Learn more about the upcoming budget vote.
Districts brace for potential mid-year aid cuts and “Pandemic Adjustment” reductions
On Thursday, April 2, New York state lawmakers adopted a state budget that keeps Foundation Aid flat for the 2020-21 school year and maintains overall education funding at nearly the same level. Passage of the budget came against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact on state finances. Read more about the New York state budget for 2020-21
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
Learn Budget Basics…in 60 seconds!
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