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>>
MAY BUDGET MEETINGS
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."
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.
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.
Douglas' note on becoming involved in the budget process