Education Matters: Budget News (May 2018)
Proposed Budget Highlights Health & Safety
On Tuesday, May 15, the Cairo-Durham Central School District community will vote on a $31,147,145 proposed budget for the 2018-19 school year. The primary goals of the proposed budget are to enhance educational opportunities and support school health and safety initiatives.
(May 1, 2018) -- Another proposition on the May 15, 2018, ballot addresses an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project. An EPC is an agreement by an Energy Service Company (ESCO) for the provision of energy services in which energy systems are installed, maintained or managed to improve the energy efficiency of, or produce energy for, a facility in exchange for a portion of the energy savings. The scope of this project looks to improve the energy efficiency in all of our district buildings in order to generate savings to the District by decreasing energy demand.
(May 1, 2018) -- This proposition seeks voter approval to establish a Capital Reserve Fund in the amount of $1,000,000 over a 10-year period to help pay for repairs, maintenance and improvements to district facilities and equipment. Establishing such a fund is not part of the general budget and therefore would not cause taxes to increase.
(May 1, 2018) -- A separate proposition on the May 15, 2018 ballot seeks voter approval to purchase seven (7) school buses at a cost not to exceed $619,762 (before state aid reimbursement). The bus purchase is part of an ongoing bus replacement plan designed to keep the District’s fleet in safe, working order. The school bus proposition breaks down as follows:
What You'll See on the Ballot on May 15, 2018
2017-2018 Budget Information
(Tuesday, May 16, 2017) -- Cairo-Durham Central School District voters approved the district's $30,103,377 budget for the 2017-18 school year with 273 in favor and 143 opposed. Additionally, voters approved the bus proposition to allow the district to purchase five (5) school buses by 290 yes votes to 126 no votes.
While Governor Cuomo’s recent Executive Order No. 172 gives counties and towns the ability to collect their 2018 property tax payments by the end of 2017, it does not authorize school districts to collect the 2018-19 school taxes before the adoption of next year’s budget.