Budget Vote:
May 20, 2014 at BCHS, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

If the proposed 2014-15 district budget is approved by voters, the plan will include a property tax levy increase of 2.99 percent. It is expected that the resulting tax rates will decrease by 3.57 percent. Rates are expected to be the same in both the Town of Bethlehem and the Town of New Scotland. To help residents ESTIMATE the budget's impact on their tax bill, use the calculator below. Final tax rates will not be available until August. Click here for calculator>>


Please join us and offer your input on BCSD budget issues. All meetings will be held in the BCHS Library & Media Center.

May 6, 6:30 p.m.:Meet the Candidates Night (sponsored by the League of Women Voters)

May 7, 7 p.m.:Budget Hearing

May 20, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.:Budget Vote, BCHS

May 21, 7 p.m.:Board of Education meeting



Did you know?

That 2% you’ve been hearing so much about
is only a small part of the so-called “Tax Cap
Law.” In reality, it’s just one part of an eight-step formula that determines the maximum allowable tax levy the school district can pass with a simple majority. Click here to read more about the "tax cap."

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District outlines budget challenges for community

Understanding the Tax Levy Limit Cap

Click the cover to read an overview of the NYS tax levy cap [PDF].


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Visit Education Speaks

Visit Education Speaks for the latest news in public education and take part in their "Tax Cap Tuesday" poll every week.


Budget gap, "tax cap" among items discussed at Feb. 15 forum

About 70 community members and 30 online participants joined the Board of Education on Wednesday, Feb. 15, for a 2012-13 school budget forum.

Officials spoke of the district's estimated $4.4 million budget gap, the implications of the state's "tax cap," the rising cost of salaries and benefits and a shortfall in state aid.

Click here to read more about the district's budget picture.

Click here for the presentation given by Chief Business and  Financial Officer Judith Kehoe [PDF]

Click here to view video of the webcasted portion of the forum.

Click here for the transcript of the web chat [PDF].

Click here for video of the Feb. 15 Board of Education meeting and budget forum.

The District's next community budget forum will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the middle school Library Media Center. If you cannot attend the meeting, but would like to participate online, click here.

Agendas, minutes and video of previous meetings can be found here. The 2012-13 budget planning calendar can be found here

Read Superintendent Douglas' note on becoming involved in the budget process here.

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