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
2011-12 Proposed Budget
Voting is May 17 at BCHS from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Another tough times budget, improved by concessions
On May 17, BC voters will consider an $86.83 million budget for 2011-12 that calls for the district to spend less than in each of the previous two years.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Bethlehem Central High School in the upper gym. Voters will also fill three seats on the Board of Education and decide on a replacement bus purchase referendum that is significantly reduced from recent years.
The budget carries a tax levy increase of 2 percent in a year when the district will lose $2.3 million in state aid. (Estimated tax rates)
In order to bring spending in line with reduced revenues, the Board of Education enacted a series of budget reductions for next year, including a total of 32.4 full-time equivalent positions (teaching, support staff and an administrator). This figure includes positions reduced as a result of closing Clarksville Elementary School next year, a decision the Board of Education arrived at after requesting a facilities feasibility study and holding two public forums on the issue over the winter.
Concessions from every employee group in the form of a full- or partial-year pay freeze helped avoid greater budget reductions or a higher tax levy increase.
The proposed budget maintains all athletic, music, drama and extracurricular programs. The proposed budget includes $283,500 in additions that are tied to state requirements and supporting students.
The May 17 ballot will not include a student technology bond referendum that was considered for a short time earlier this year. Given the difficult economic climate, district officials decided this was not the time for such a plan.
The budget was adopted by the Board after a lengthy, open process that included two community budget forums; the facilities study and decisions, and a series of budget work sessions beginning in February.
Additional Budget Resources
• 2011-12 Proposed Budget Document [PDF]