Budget and Taxes

The Business Office is responsible for managing the money needed to support the district’s educational mission.

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.

The Business Office, under the supervision of the Business Official, is responsible for accounting, auditing, benefits coordination, capital projects coordination, contract negotiations, facility use coordination, the district census, payroll, purchasing, records management and safety planning.

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.

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.

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.