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




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BC Budget Message & Legislative Position Paper

March 2011

The links below are to "An important message about school budgets and state issues" from BC and to the annual position paper from the joint Superintendent’s Legislative Committee of Capital Region and Qeustar III BOCES.

At budget forums and meetings over the past few years, taxpayers have suggested the district and residents contact elected representatives about school budget issues. The district is providing these documents, as well as contact information for elected leaders, in the event they are helpful in this effort. See the bottom of this page for additional informational resources on school budget issues.

Informational Resources

BC Budget Message [PDF]

Superintendent's Legislative Committee Position Paper [PDF] 


Legislators contact information

New York State Officials 

Federal Officials

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
E-mail Form


Senator Neil D. Breslin
Capitol Building, Room 414
Albany, NY 12247


Assemblyman Steven F. McLaughlin
LOB 533
Albany, NY 12248


Assemblyman John J. McEneny
LOB 648
Albany, NY 12248


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Leo W. O’Brien Federal Office Building
1 Clinton Square, Room 821
Albany, NY 12207
Tel. (518) 431-0120
Contact Web Page


U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
Leo O'Brien Federal Building
Room 420
Albany, NY 12207
Email Form


Congressman Paul D. Tonko
Leo O'Brien Federal Building
Room 827
Albany, NY 12207
Contact Web Page


Additional Resources on State Issues

The documents below are offered for the information of BC community members. Each of them is an Adobe PDF document; if you do not have the Adobe Reader, you can download one for free here.

Governor Cuomo's Mandate Relief Redesign Team
Preliminary Report, March 2011

New York State Council of School Superintendents
Rhetoric vs. Reality: Summary and Analysis of the 2011-12 Executive Budget for Education, Feb. 2011

New York State School Boards Association
Property Tax Cap: Pass or Fail for New York School Districts, December 2010

New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief
Final Report, December 2008

New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency & Competitiveness
Final Report, April 2008












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