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Budget & Finance

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On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, voters in the Bethlehem Central School District will vote on a proposed budget for the 2020-21 school year. There will be no in-person voting. All voting will be done by absentee ballot, by order of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Read more about the proposed 2020-21 BCSD budget.

  • Total Budget: $103,486,000
  • Spending Increase: 2.64%
  • Tax Levy Increase: 2.34%
  • Use of Fund Balance: $3,000,000

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    Budget Statement & Required Attachments

    Proposed Revenues & Expenditures

    New York State Education Law requires school districts to include the following attachments with their proposed budgets:

      If you have difficulty accessing these documents, please contact the Communications Office at for assistance.

      2020-21 BUDGET CALENDAR

      Wednesday, February 5, 2020

      Wednesday, February 26, 2020

      Wednesday, March 4, 2020

      Wednesday, March 18, 2020

      Wednesday, April 1, 2020

      Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the following dates are subject to change. Updates will be provided as they become available. Budget voting information will be mailed to all residents.

      Budget Adoption

      Meet the Candidates Night

      Budget Hearing

        Annual Budget Vote & Board of Education Election

        • Tuesday, June 9, 2020 – No In-Person Voting; Absentee Voting Only

        2019-20 BUDGET INFO

        On Tuesday, May 21, 2019 voters in the Bethlehem Central School District approved the 2019-20 budget.

        • Total Budget: $100,829,000
        • Spending Increase: 2.06%
        • Tax Levy Increase: 2.03%
        • 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 2019-20 final tax rates at this time.

          Town 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15
          Bethlehem $21.25 $21.08 $20.76 $20.88 $20.85 $20.77
          New Scotland $21.94 $20.86 $21.18 $20.88 $20.85 $20.77

          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. 

          More Tax Information:

          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

          Run for the Board of Education

          Read more about running for the Board of Education here. **Coming soon**

          General Budget Information

          Budget Documents & History

          2019-20 Budget Documents

            Employee Contracts

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

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