Budget Information

 

2017-2018 Budget Information

 

Important Dates (see full budget development calendar below): 

  • Thursday, March 16, 2017 -- First presentation of the 2017-2018 budget proposal at 7 p.m. in the MS/HS Media Center - POSTPONED (please check back for update)
  • Thursday, April 6, 2017 -- Final presentation of the 2017-2018 budget proposal; Possible budget adoption by BOE
  • Monday, April 17, 2017 -- Deadline for Board of Education Nominating Petitions (due to the Board Clerk in the District Office)
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017 -- Voter Registration from 6-8 p.m. in the High School Lobby
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017 -- Voter Registration from 4-8 p.m. in the High School Lobby
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017 -- Board of Education Budget Hearing & Meeting – 7 p.m. in the MS/HS Media Center
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017-- Voter Registration from 4-8 p.m. in the High School Lobby

Budget Vote

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 -- 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria 

Absentee ballots will be available in April.  Once available, absentee ballots can be obtained by visiting the District Office (424 Main Street, Cairo NY) or submitting a written request to the Board Clerk in the District Office.  

Input Survey

The Cairo-Durham Central School District is developing the proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year. Your input can help shape next year's spending plan! Let us know your ideas, suggestions, questions and/or concerns using this 2017-2018 Budget Input Form

Budget Development Calendar

A printable budget calendar is available here (PDF)

2017-2018 Budget Development Calendar
Date/Time Location Action Agenda

November 17, 2016

7 p.m.

HS Auditorium Regular Board of Education (BOE) Meeting

Submit 2017-18 budget calendar and budget development procedures to the Board of Education for adoption

February 2, 2017

7 p.m.

HS Media Center Regular BOE Meeting

BOE & public input session for budget development; Roll over budget presentation

February 8, 2017     Nominating petitions available for Board of Education candidates (click here or call District Office for more information 518-622-8534, ext. 25010)

March 2, 2017

7 p.m.

HS Media Center Workshop BOE Workshop Community Conversation: Public input session to review a list of all potential changes under consideration for the 2017-2018 spending plan

March 16, 2017

7 p.m.

HS Media Center Regular BOE Meeting First presentation of the 2017-2018 budget proposal

April 6, 2017

7 p.m.

HS Media Center Regular BOE Meeting Final presentation of the 2017-2018 budget proposal; Possible budget adoption by BOE
April 17, 2017 District Office   Applications for absentee ballot available (call District Office for more information 518-622-8534, ext. 25010)

April 17, 2017

5 p.m.

District Office Board of Education Petition Deadline If interested in running for a Board of Education seat, please click here or call District Office for more information 518-622-8534, ext. 25010

May 3, 2017

Time TBD

TBD Meet the BOE Candidates   

May 3, 2017

6-8 p.m.

HS Lobby Voter Registration  

May 4, 2017

4-8 p.m.

HS Lobby Voter Registration  

May 4, 2017

7 p.m.

HS Media Center BUDGET HEARING  
May 5, 2017 District Office   Deadline for absentee ballot applications

May 9, 2017

4-8 p.m.

HS Lobby Voter Registration  

May 16, 2017

12 noon - 9 p.m.

Middle School Cafeteria

VOTE Budget Vote and BOE Elections

 

Additional Information & Frequently Asked Questions

Property Tax Cap Information

Contrary to popular belief, the property tax cap does not cap tax increases at 2 percent. Instead, public schools in NY must use a state formula to determine how much they can increase their tax levies by without having to seek a higher percentage of voter approval for the budget. This threshold must be determined and submitted to the State by March 1st of every year.

If the year-to-year increase of the District's tax levy (portion of the school budget funded by property tax) is at or below the number determined by the cap, a simple majority (50% + 1) of voter approval is needed to pass the budget. If the District puts before voters a budget that carries a tax levy increase above the cap, a super majority (60%) of voter approval is needed for the budget to pass.

This 4-minute video briefly explains how New York State uses a formula to determine each school district's tax cap, which rarely works out to 2%:

 

More information on the NYS Property Tax Cap as it pertains to public schools is available through these links:

 

What is the New York State Gap Elimination Adjustment?

The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) was proposed by Governor David Paterson as a one-time fix to reduce the state’s budget deficit. However, the state continued to use it the past six years to cut millions of dollars in state aid to local school districts. The GEA directed state funding earmarked for education away from schools and used that money to fund other areas of the state budget. In 2016, the state legislature ended the GEA, restoring this funding to schools.

 

Why is the district switching to electronic voting?

Voting will take place by scanning-type voting machines this year, as required by state law. Election workers will be available to assist you if needed.

 

Questions or comments about the budget? Email them to jmiriello@cairodurham.org

 

 


 

2016-2017 Budget Information

 

THANK YOU to the community for the successful passing of our 2016-2017 school budget and all propositions! We appreciate everyone who took the time to visit Cairo-Durham Middle School on May 17, 2016 and cast their votes.

The three propositions listed on the ballot were also approved by margins of 70-73 percent. Proposition 1, which would allow CDCSD to establish a Capital Reserve Fund, was approved (347 in favor, 146 opposed). Proposition 2, which would allow the district to purchase five (5) new school buses, was passed (359 in favor, 136 opposed). Proposition 3, which would allow the district to purchase property next to the Elementary School in order to improve parking and bus traffic, was approved (353 in favor, 141 opposed).

Board of Education candidates Dennis Burke, Peter Byrne, PhD, and Gary Warner have been elected to the Cairo-Durham CSD school board.

 

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016 -- Voter Registration from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the High School Lobby
  • Thursday, May 5, 2016 -- Board of Education Budget Hearing & Meeting – 7 p.m. in the MS/HS Media Center
  • Friday, May 6, 2016 -- Absentee Ballot Application Deadline
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016 -- Voter Registration from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the High School Lobby

Budget Vote

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016 -- 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria 

The May 17th ballot includes several propositions that would allow Cairo-Durham CSD to plan for the future of its facility needs. This year’s ballot will ask residents to vote on five (5) items:

  • The 2016-17 school budget
  • Selection of three (3) Board of Education members
  • Purchase of five (5) school buses
  • Establishment of a Capital Reserve Fund
  • Purchase of property next to the Elementary School (more information in this Daily Mail article)

Download the budget newsletter to read more about the proposed budget and other propositions.

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Additional Information & Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is a Capital Reserve Fund? How is it used?

On May 17th, the district will seek voter approval to establish a capital reserve fund of up to $500,000 to be set up over 10 years. A capital reserve fund is a reserve much like a homeowner’s savings account. When a school district’s expenses are less than what was expected, or revenues are higher than expected, the extra money is held in a fund balance. No new taxes will be levied to fund this account. Instead, the money would come from excess revenues or unspent appropriations.

Voter approval is required to establish the fund, and money would only be added to the reserve if there is excess money left at the end of the fiscal year. By law, a school district’s fund balance cannot exceed 4% of the next year’s budget.

Establishing a capital reserve fund would allow Cairo-Durham CSD to plan for the long-term needs, both planned and unplanned. It would also protect the district from unanticipated or emergency needs without having a significant impact on the overall school budget.

The money in CDCSD’s proposed capital reserve fund would ultimately go toward funding future building costs. The district’s last state-required Building Conditions Survey identified up to $14 million of future maintenance, repair or replacement needs. The proposal is being put forth partly out of concern about the future of state building aid.

Lastly, the fund can only be used with voter approval, so any future proposed project using the fund would be decided by the community. 

 

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Budget Development News 

(Apr. 28)   CDCSD Superintendent, Anthony Taibi, presented the district’s budget at the Board of Education’s April 19th meeting.  The goals of this budget include maintaining and enhancing district programming to support student needs, providing sufficient resources for teaching and learning, maintaining a transparent budgeting process by utilizing input from district and community stakeholders and maintaining fiscal stability through appropriate allocation of fund balance, and lastly to elicit feedback and implement efficiencies.  There will be five propositions put up for vote on May 17, 2016.  Please click here to view Superintendent Taibi’s presentation.

(Mar. 30)  The Board of Education met on March 24, 2016, at which time Superintendent Anthony Taibi, and Business Manager Jeffrey Miriello, presented the 2016-2017 Budget Proposal.  The presentation is available here.  The presentation is a PDF.  You can download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free by clicking on the link below.  

(Mar. 14) On February 25, 2016, the district held a Community Conversations Forum inviting the community to come and learn about the proposed 2016-2017 School Budget and to participate in discussions regarding the program needs for the district.  The presentation is available here.  The presentation is a PDF.  You can download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free by clicking on the link below.  

(Dec. 10) The Board of Education met on December 10, 2015, at which time Superintendent Anthony Taibi, and Business Manager Jeffrey Miriello, discussed the district's 2016-2017 budget and the leading cost factors involved in the development of next year’s spending plan.  The presentation is available here. Please note this video contains audio. You can download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free by clicking on the link below.  

If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader you can download it free here:  https://get.adobe.com/reader/?promoid=KSWLH

 

Previous 2016-17 Budget Calendar Dates

February 11, 2016

  • Board of Education Meeting – Roll over budget presentation - 7pm, MS/HS Media Center

February 25

  • Board of Education Workshop - Community Conversation Public Input Session – Review 2016-2017 Spending Plan – 6pm, MS/HS Media Center

March 1

  • Property Tax Cap Information Reported to Office of the State Comptroller

March 24

  • Board of Education Meeting – Superintendent’s Initial Presentation of 2016-2017 Budget Proposal – 7pm, MS/HS Media Center

April 1

  • Legal Notice of School Budget Hearing & Budget Vote Dates

April 7

  • Board of Education Workshop – Superintendent’s Final Presentation of 2016-2017 Budget Proposal – 7pm, MS/HS Media Center

April 19

  • Board of Education Meeting – 2016-2017 Budget Adoption by Board – BOCES Budget Vote – 7pm, MS/HS Media Center

May 3

  • Voter Registration - 12:00pm - 8:00pm - High School Lobby

May 5

  • Board of Education Budget Hearing & Meeting – 7pm, MS/HS Media Center

May 6

  • Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

May 17

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016 -- 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria 

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2015-2016 Budget Information

Read the 2015 Budget Newsletter!

Click here to see the Budget Document.

Check out the Powerpoint from our 2015 Budget Community Conversation!

Click here to see Potential Budget Changes and Impact Rationale.

http://goo.gl/forms/QIvmx0YCFb

 

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