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Budget & Finance

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2020-21 BUDGET INFO

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020 voters in the Bethlehem Central School District approved the 2020-21 budget.

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

2021-22 Budget Development

The Board of Education will hold several public meetings to discuss and develop a proposed 2021-22 budget that will be presented to voters on Tuesday, May 18. Due to COVID-19 health and safety measures, there are currently no visitors allowed at the meetings. Until such time when visitors are allowed to participate in meetings in person, questions or concerns can be emailed to the Board at bcsdk12@bethlehemschools.org.

The budget development calendar can be found below:

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 7 p.m.

Presentations will include:

View the Feb. 24 budget presentation on YouTube.

Questions regarding the proposed 2021-22 budget can be emailed to the Board at bcsdk12@bethlehemschools.org.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 7 p.m.

Presentations will include:

  • Operations & Maintenance Budget (Gregg Nolte, Facilities & Operations Director)
  • Athletics Budget (Leonard Kies, Athletic Director)

View the March 3 budget presentation here.

Questions regarding the proposed 2021-22 budget can be emailed to the Board at bcsdk12@bethlehemschools.org.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 7 p.m.

Presentations will include:

  • Instructional Program Budget (David Hurst, Asst. Superintendent for Educational Programs)
  • Special Education & Students Services (SESS) Budget (Kathleen Johnston, SESS Director)

Video broadcast for the meeting can be found here at 6:55 p.m.

Questions regarding the proposed 2021-22 budget can be emailed to the Board at bcsdk12@bethlehemschools.org.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 7 p.m.

The Board of Education will make budget decisions on proposed expenditures and a proposed tax levy and will adopt a budget that will be presented to voters on May 18.

Video broadcast for the meeting can be found here at 6:55 p.m.

Questions regarding the proposed 2021-22 budget can be emailed to the Board at bcsdk12@bethlehemschools.org.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Tentative date – League of Women Voters’ Meet the Candidates Night.

The Meet the Candidates Night will only be held if there are more candidates than open seats on the Board of Education. On May 18, voters will choose two members of the Board of Education to serve unpaid three-year terms.

TUESDAY, May 18, 2021

Annual Budget Vote & School Board Election: Voting location and procedures are to be determined.


    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 2020-21 final tax rates at that time.

    Town 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16
    Bethlehem $21.54 $21.28 $21.08 $20.76 $20.88 $20.85
    New Scotland $22.49 $21.96 $20.86 $21.18 $20.88 $20.85

    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


    General Budget Information


    Budget Documents & History


      Employee Contracts

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

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