The Business Office, under the supervision of the Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance, is responsible for accounting, auditing, benefits coordination, capital projects coordination, contract negotiations, facility use, the district census, payroll, purchasing, records management and safety planning. One of the office’s most important functions is the development the proposed school budget for the consideration of the Board of Education and district voters.
School Tax Bills
The 2023-24 school tax bills were mailed during the first week of September 2023. If you have not received your tax bill please call 845-985-2296, ext. 5203
The 2023-24 District Budget
School Budget Development
Public schools are among the most significant investments that any community makes collectively. District leaders work to make the most effective use of resources to benefit students, to develop and manage the budget in a responsible and transparent manner, and to be accountable to taxpayers. Each spring the Board of Education adopts a budget for the coming school year for a community vote. 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.
Everything You Need to Know About School Budgets in 60 Seconds
In New York, school leaders begin developing their school budget proposal long before the public vote in May. Each budget proposal is unique, but the planning process is similar for most schools. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CLaAU6YbUc
School Tax Information
Tax rates for each municipality within the district are set in August and are based on the tax levy for the year and final municipal assessments for each of the towns. Tax rates vary between towns because property in each is assessed at different levels in relation to full market value. The state assigns each town an equalization rate to fairly divide the tax. The district does not control any aspect of the assessment or equalization process.
STAR (School Tax Relief Program)
STAR is the New York State School Tax Relief program that provides an exemption from school property taxes for owner-occupied, primary residences. For more information about STAR click here If you have difficulty accessing any budget, tax or financial documents or any other documents on this website, please email Norma Pena or call 845-985-2296 ext. 5102 and they will be provided in an alternate format.