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."


BC News

District to hold Community Budget Forum
on Tuesday, Feb. 28

Understanding the Tax Levy Limit Cap

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


Click above for news and features related to School budgets and
the NYS tax levy cap.


Visit Education Speaks

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



What matters most? What can we support?

With an estimated $4.4 million budget gap, another tough budget process lies ahead for us in the Bethlehem Central School District and we’d like your help in answering these questions.

The district will hold a Community Budget Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., at the Middle School LMC, 332 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. After a brief overview of our budget picture we’ll break into facilitated small group discussions. The full agenda for the evening is here [PDF] and we encourage attendees to arrive at 6:45 to sign in.

All are welcome, and if you’re unable to attend in person but would like to participate online, click here.

So we can have enough material prepared, an RSVP is appreciated but not required. To RSVP, please email bdevoe@bcsd.neric.org with your name and connection to the district. You may also call the communications office at 439-3650.

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.

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 February 15 forum.

Click here for the transcript of the February 15 web chat [PDF].

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

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