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Adjusted tax cap is 3.54 percent

Filed in Budget News, District News by on March 5, 2019

At the February 27 Board of Education meeting, Chief Business and Financial Officer Judith Kehoe revealed a reduction in the district’s tax cap calculation of $350,000, changing the Maximum Allowable Tax Levy (MATL) increase for Bethlehem to 3.54 percent in 2019-20, instead of the 4.08 percent previously reported at the February 6 meeting.

If the Board of Education were to adopt a budget with a tax levy at the limit of 3.54 percent, it would generate approximately $2,333,000 for the district.

Kehoe stated that it is still not anticipated that the final budget will require a tax levy increase up to the maximum.

The budget development process has been continuing with district administrators outlining instructional and department-level priorities and identify opportunities for addressing the most pressing student needs in a proposed 2019-20 budget. A schedule of forthcoming meetings can be found below:

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019
    Regular Meeting: Operations & Maintenance and Athletics Budget Presentations, BCHS Library, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019
    Regular Meeting: Curriculum & SESS Budget Presentations, BCHS Library, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2019
    Regular Meeting: Last meeting for possible Budget Adoption, BCHS Library, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    Regular Meeting: BOCES Budget and Annual Election, BCHS Library, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019
    *NEW DATE* Meet the Candidates, BCHS Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019
    *NEW DATE* Budget Hearing, BCHS Library, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019
    Annual District Budget Vote and BOE Election, BCHS Gym, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

All meetings will take place at Bethlehem Central High School.