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Budget & Finance

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2017-18 BUDGET DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULE

All meetings will take place in the High School Library Media Center (LMC) unless otherwise noted.

  • February, 15, 2017
    • Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m.
    • State of the Schools, Initial Budget Overview
  • March 1, 2017
    • Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m.
    • Transportation, Bus Replacement Plan, Operations & Maintenance, Technology
  • March 15, 2017
    • Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m.
    • Athletics, Special Education and Student Services
  • April 4, 2017 (Tuesday)
    • Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m.
    • Instructional Staffing and Programming
  • April 12, 2017
    • Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m.
    • Last date for budget adoption
  • May 2, 2017
    • Meet the Candidates Night, 6:30 p.m. in the High School cafeteria
  • May 3, 2017
    • Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m.
    • Budget Hearing
  • May 16, 2017
    • Annual School District Budget Vote and Board of Education Election, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the High School

2016-17 BUDGET INFO

  • Total Budget: $96, 540, 000
  • Spending Increase: 2.53%
  • Tax Levy Increase: 0.81% (Below BC’s “tax cap”)
  • Use of Fund Balance: $0

Tax Information

School Tax Rates

Listed below are the school tax rates for the past several years. Tax rates are per $1,000 of assessed property value. *Note: The district sets final tax rates each August, after the towns finalize assessment figures and the state sets the equalization rates. Look for the 2015-16 final tax rates at this time.

Town 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12
Bethlehem $20.88 $20.85 $20.77 $21.60 $20.90 $20.11
New Scotland $20.88 $20.85 $20.77 $21.60 $20.49 $20.32

The tax rates may differ between the two towns because of equalization rates set by the New York State Office of Real Property Services. Equalization rates are established in an effort to make sure the tax levy is fairly distributed when one taxing entity (the district) spans multiple municipalities, which may use different assessment practices. 

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Voter Information

Voter Information and Eligibility

  • Who can vote? To vote, you must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of Bethlehem Central School District for at least 30 days prior to the vote. You do not need to be registered to vote.
  • Voting is held in the upper gym at BCHS. The school is located at 700 Delaware Avenue. Park in the lot on Delaware Avenue, and use the main entrance on the Delaware Avenue side of the building.
  • Absentee ballots are available for those who plan to pick them up at the district office (see below for more information on absentee ballots.)
  • The district will conduct an anonymous exit survey of voters on the day of the vote. Please consider submitting this valuable feedback to the district.

Absentee Ballot Information

Absentee ballots are available from the District Clerk, Brittany Barrett, and will be issued upon request to residents who will be out of town or unable to vote at the polls due to illness or disability.

You must complete an application to receive an absentee ballot. The application must be received by the District Clerk at least 7 days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. Please mail or drop off your application to the below address.

Contact information:

Brittany Barrett, District Clerk, Bethlehem Central School District Educational Services Center, 700 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY, 12054, (518) 439-7098

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General Budget Information


Budget Documents & History

2016-17 Budget Documents

Fund Balance and Reserves Report

Report – June 30, 2016 [PDF]

District Budget Breakdowns

Financial Reports


Employee Contracts

Click here to view employee contracts for each organization. For any past contracts, please contact our district office.

 

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