budget development: 2017-18 budget

Download a guide to the state's Property Tax Levy Cap (PDF)

2017-18 budget at a glance

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 -

2017-18 budget hearing, 7 p.m. at the Middle School

PTA Council's Meet the Board of Education candidates forum, 7:30 p.m. at the Middle School

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 2017-18 community and budget vote: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., High School gymnasium

 

Who can vote on May 16, 2017?

Community members who are U.S. citizens may vote in the May 16 school elections if they:

• Have been a resident for at least 30 days before the May 16 election;

• Are at least 18 years old.

The district uses registration books from the Schenectady County Board of Elections. If you are not registered, you may vote by showing an official proof of residency.

Voting will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the high school gym, 1 Tartan Way (Sacandaga Road), Scotia.

 

Can I vote by absentee ballot?

Yes. Residents who are disabled, hos­pitalized or out of town on May 16, 2017 may cast absentee ballots.

They are available at the Scotia-Glen­ville business office, 900 Preddice Parkway (end of Lark Street), Scotia. (518) 346-3600 ext. 73102

Absentee voters must first complete an application to vote and then com­plete the ballot itself.

Please be aware of these dates:
Tuesday, May 9: Deadline for an absentee ballot application if you want the application mailed to you.
Monday, May 15: Deadline to request an absentee ballot in person at the S-G business office.
Tuesday, May 16: Ballots are due back to the business office, 900 Preddice Parkway (end of Lark Street), Scotia by 5 p.m.

 

What if the budget were defeated on May 16?

How does the state’s STAR program affect my tax bill?

 

2016-17 budget at a glance

Formal 2016-17 budget document (PDF) (4/26/2016)

2016-17 budget newsletter (PDF) (5/2/2016)

Voting results: 2016-17 budget APPROVED by a vote of 895 to 296, a 75% to 25% ratio and the bus proposal was APPROVED by a vote of 874 to 317, a ratio of 73% to 27%.

Dan Feinberg received 926 votes and Colleen Benedetto received 966 votes. Both were unopposed for re-election. (5/17/2016)

Results of the exit survey taken by voters (6/1/2016)

Board of Education adopts lower tax rates for the third time in eight years (8/11/2016)

2016-17 tax rates:

Glenville: $21.49 per $1,000 assessed value - 0.74% decrease

2015-16 Glenville rate: $21.66 per $1,000

Charlton: $28.06 per $1,000 assessed value - 1.79% decrease

2015-16 Charlton rate: $28.58 per $1,000

Amsterdam: $204.09 per $1,000 assessed value - 1.79% decrease

2015-16 Amsterdam rate: $207.85 per $1,000

A homeowner with a $160,000 assessment in the town of Glenville - which accounts for 99.8 percent of the school district's tax base - paid a school tax bill in September 2016 of $3,439 - $26 less than the $3,465 paid in September 2015 - before reductions from the state's STAR program.

 

 

Scotia-Glenville community members who are US citizens may vote in the school elections if they:

Have been a resident for at least 30 days before the May 16 election; and

Are at least 18 years old.

The district uses registration books from the Board of Elections. If you are not registered, you may vote by showing proof of residency.

Voting will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the high school, 1 Tartan Way (Sacandaga Road), Scotia.

Residents who are disabled or hospitalized or will not be in town on May 21, 2013 may cast absentee ballots.

They are available at the S-G business office, 900 Preddice Parkway, Scotia. Absentee voters must first complete an application to vote and then complete the ballot.

 

Contact our legislators

School districts throughout New York are facing a fiscal crisis - one that threatens to undo years of progress in classrooms and will restrict student opportunities for future graduates. Scotia-Glenville needs parents and community members to advocate on behalf of your schools. Here are some tools to help you do that:

Tax Levy Cap icon Advocacy Toolkit (PDF)

Here's a general video about how school budgets are developed

Key New York State officials to contact about education issues (PDF)

Gap Elimination Adjustment brochure (PDF)

NYS Tax Levy Cap Video

Property Tax Levy Cap brochure (PDF)

STAR rebate information (PDF)

 

Budget graphic

 

Check out the latest budget-related news below

 

Four candidates file to seek three seats during May 16 community vote

april 21, 2017

Four candidates are vying for three open Board of Education seats during the May 16 community vote. The seats each carry three-year terms and are unpaid.

Community voting will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at the high school B-wing gym.

Each candidate collected at least 29 signatures by the April 17 deadline to get on the ballot. The candidates will appear on the ballot in this order: Pamela Carbone, William Pytlovany, David Bucciferro and Janet Daly. [Read MORE]

May 16 vote to include purchase of six buses

April 17, 2017

The Scotia-Glenville commu­nity will be asked to consider the purchase six school buses on May 16.

Two of the 65-passenger buses – #187 and #188 – are seven years old with 67,691 miles and 76,915 miles, respectively.

Despite the low mileage, the buses have been off the road for an average of 55 days this year due to break­downs, putting a strain on the overall bus fleet. Those buses are known to have fuel injector issues and are no longer under warranty.

Two other large buses that are more than 10 years old and have high mileage will be kept as spares.

The $565,000 proposition calls for buying:
Four 65-passenger buses at an estimated cost of $451,984.
One 20-passenger bus at an estimated cost of $53,945.
One 30-passenger, four-wheel drive bus at an estimated cost of $75,598.

The school district expects to receive a net trade in value of $16,527 for #187 and #188. S-G’s 44-bus fleet travels about 466,000 miles a year to the six S-G schools as well as 35 other schools.

The cost for the bus purchases would not impact taxes in the 2017-18 school year. The state will reimburse 66 percent of the cost; the district will borrow for its share of the cost in the future.

 UPDATE - April 10, 2017: Based on an expected increase in state aid for Scotia-Glenville, the Board of Education intends to maintain the four elementary school door monitors.

After five weeks of deliberations, proposed 2017-18 budget is adopted by BOE; would increase taxes a maximum of 3.61 percent

april 3, 2017

The Board of Education tonight unanimously approved a $53.407 million budget for the 2017-18 school year that adds a part-time guidance counselor, boosts spending for social studies, establishes an elementary skills class and increases spending for popular BOCES programs like New Visions, Career and Tech High School and Tech Valley High School that are in high demand.

The spending plan, if approved by the community during voting on May 16, would increase the tax levy by 3.61 percent, below the maximum 3.66 percent allowed for Scotia-Glenville by the state.

Community voting will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, in the high school gymnasium. A public hearing on the plan will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, in the middle school cafeteria. [Read MORE]

Board supports budget plan that restores field trips and after-school buses and adds a part-time guidance counselor; elementary monitors, a MS TA and one elementary position would still be cut in the proposal

march 27, 2017

The Board of Education and Superintendent Susan Swartz took a step back tonight, restoring the field trips and after-school buses cut in previous versions of the budget.

To find the money to pay for them, Swartz proposed adding a 0.6 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) guidance counselor instead of the full-time counselor she proposed last week. The guidance department would have 6.6 counselors - 3 at the middle school and 3.6 at the high school.

The resulting budget proposal is $12,291 below the school district's maximum tax levy cap. The resulting tax levy cap would be 3.61 percent; the maximum that is allowed under the state's tax levy cap law is 3.66 percent, higher this year because of a one-time capital exclusion because of the 2015 capital project. [Read MORE]

Superintendent presents plan to close 2017-18 budget gap

One kindergarten position, elementary door monitors would be cut to close gap; to add a middle school guidance counselor, a teaching assistant, late buses and half of field trip money would also be cut

march 20, 2017

In order to get the tax levy increase below the state maximum of 3.66 percent, Superintendent Susan Swartz presented a series of reductions that would squeeze the budget below that figure for the 2017-18 school year.

"When I look at things that will impact children's education or things that are operational, I will always come down on the operational side," she said, explaining the specific proposed reductions to the Board of Education tonight.

The board expects to adopt a budget by April 3. A public hearing on the spending plan will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. The community will consider the eventual budget proposal during voting from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16. [Read MORE]

Board facing nearly $300,000 shortfall in 2017-18 budget proposal

march 13, 2017

Superintendent Susan Swartz presented a budget proposal tonight that is $277,580 beyond the school district's maximum tax levy increase of 3.66 percent for the 2017-18 school year.

The $53.648 million revised proposal adds an elementary skills class for 6-7 pre-school students with special needs, increasing social studies teaching staff at the middle school and high school by .25 and adds tuition funding for an increase in the number of students attending the Career and Tech School, New Visions, Tech Valley High School and other BOCES academic programs. [Read MORE]

Superintendent asks board members four budget questions

march 6, 2017

Board of Education members began their discussion of the 2017-18 school budget tonight as Superintendent Susan Swartz asked them to consider four questions as they began the discussion:

What items are non-negotiable?

What would you like to add if additions are possible?

What are you comfortable letting go?

Where would you like the tax rate to be in August? [Read MORE]

2017-18 "rollover" budget gap is $531,000; SG tax levy limit is 3.66 percent

February 27, 2017

Superintendent Susan Swartz presented the first glimpse of the 2017-18 budget to the Board of Education tonight, a "rollover" budget would total $53.8 million and raise taxes by 5.58 percent, above the state's maximum tax levy increase for Scotia-Glenville of 3.66 percent.

The budget proposal would increase spending by $1.752 million (3.37 percent) over the current school year's budget ($52.048 million).

"I am relentlessly optimistic, as always," said Swartz, noting that she would hope to avoid budget reductions. "We have certainly been in worse shape over the years. While reductions are never welcome news, we will survive if we have to make a few."  [Read MORE]

Board of Education race on May 16 is a chance to give back to your school district and to your community

february 8, 2017

Want to help shape the futures of more than 2,700 young people? Want to help your school district maneuver through the annual budget struggles that are facing all school districts?

The seats held by Board of Education president David J. Bucciferro and board members Pamela S. Carbone and William J. Pytlovany are up for re-election on May 16. They have not indicated if they will seek re-election. [Read MORE and download the nominating packet]

 

2017-18 Scotia-Glenville budget proposal to be presented and reviewed over the next two months

February 1, 2017

Superintendent Susan Swartz is expected to present a 2017-18 Scotia-Glenville budget proposal to the Board of Education at
7 p.m. on Monday, February 27 at the Middle School library.

The Board of Education will hold budget discussions on these Monday evenings: March 6, 13, 20 and 17 at 7 p.m. at the Middle School library.

 

Gov. Cuomo's 2017-18 state budget proposal "falls short" of education funding requests from the Board of Regents, ECB

January 17, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal today that includes a $1 billion increase in overall funding for the state’s schools in the 2017-18 school year. The governor’s plan includes targeted funding to support high-need districts with community schools, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs, and discontinuing the use of the original Foundation Aid Formula in determining future state aid increases.

The Executive Budget Proposal is the formal beginning of budget negotiations between the governor and the New York State Legislature, with a final state budget due by April 1. Under the governor’s proposal, total school aid for 2017-18 would be $25.6 billion, which represents a statewide increase of 3.9 percent.

The bulk of the funding increase would go toward three areas: $428 million in additional Foundation Aid, which is the primary source of funding for everyday school operations; $333 million to reimburse districts for designated expenses such as transportation, construction and BOCES services; and a $150 million “Fiscal Stabilization Fund,” which would be allocated through a method still to be determined.

Scotia-Glenville would receive a 1.7 percent increase in state aid - an increase of $171,453. By comparison, state aid to Scotia-Glenville last year was ultimately increased by $642,713 (including the elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment). [Read MORE]

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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