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VOTERS REJECT PROPOSED BUDGET AND SCHOOL BUS PROPOSITION; BOARD OF EDUCATION TO MEET MAY 30 TO DISCUSS NEXT STEPS

On Tuesday, May 21, Minisink Valley Central School District residents rejected  the 2019-2020 school budget in a 1,795 to 1,168 vote.

The results showed 60.6 percent of voters opposed the proposed budget; 39.4 percent approved it. It required a supermajority of 60 percent plus one to pass.

The $97.47 million proposed budget would have preserved all student programs with a $2,524,779, or 2.53 percent spending decrease from last year’s budget.

The 7.97 percent  tax levy increase was above the district’s maximum allowable level limit of -0.47 percent, as determined by the state’s tax cap law requiring why a supermajority approval. When a proposed school budget is defeated at the polls, New York State law gives school boards three options. Board members may decide to put the same budget up for vote a second time, put a revised budget up for vote, or go directly to a contingency budget.

“While we are disappointed by the election results, we appreciate all community members who considered the district’s budget proposal and came out to the polls to cast their vote,” Superintendent  Brian Monahan said. “At our next Board of Education meeting on Thursday, May 30, we will begin to discuss the district’s options and next steps.”

Also on the ballot

Proposition 2

Residents rejected the purchase of 10 school buses for a total of $1,025,563, with 1,269 yes votes and 1,676 no votes.

Board of Education election results

There were three incumbent candidates on the ballot for three, 3-year-term seats commencing July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2022. Vote totals were: Thomas Salamone: 1,637; Joseph Flaherty: 1,774; and William Cooper, 2,247. 

2019-20 Proposed budget at a glance...

  • PROPOSED 2019-20 BUDGET: $97,466,466
  • PROPOSED TAX LEVY INCREASE: 7.97%
  • SPENDING DECREASE: $2,524,779

2018-2019 BUDGET SUMMARY

  • Budget: $99,991,245
  • Budget-to-Budget Spending Increase: $2,584,181 (+2.65%)
  • Proposed Tax Levy Increase: 2.60%

2019-20 Budget Newsletter 

2019-20 Public Budget Presentation

2019-20 Budget Development Articles

VOTER INFORMATION

Who may vote?
You may vote if you are 18-years old or older, a U.S. citizen, a district resident for at least 30 days, and registered voter for either a general election or a school board election.

How do I register for the school vote?
If you are already registered with the county, you are eligible to vote. To confirm your county registration, visit www.orangecountygov.com, <How Do I… >, <Voter Registration > <NYS Voter Lookup Database> and enter the required fields to view your voter status. If you are not registered with the county and would like to register for ONLY the school’s budget vote and election, please do so by stopping by the main office. You may also register at the district clerk’s office, Minisink Valley Central School District, Route 6, Slate Hill, New York, until May 16, 2019, from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on days when school is in session. Please provide proof of residency.           

Where do I vote? 

  • Residents of District #1 - Towns of Greenville, Minisink and Wawayanda vote in the Intermediate School gym A, Route 6 campus. 
  • Residents of District #2 - Towns of Mount Hope, Mamakating and Wallkill vote at the Otisville Elementary School.

How do I get an absentee ballot?
Absentee ballots are available to registered residents who are unable to vote in person for reasons of illness or disability or who will be out of town on the date of the vote. Applications for absentee ballots are available by downloading the Application for Absentee Ballot form here or from the District Clerk. The clerk must receive the application for the ballot at least seven 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.  For further information, contact the District Clerk at 845-355-5115.  The Office of the District Clerk must receive all completed ballots no later than 5 p.m. on the day of the election.

Questions? Call 355-5115

BUDGET TOPICS AND FACT SHEETS

BALANCING THE SCHOOL BUDGET: EXPENSES & REVENUES AT A GLANCE

NAVIGATING THROUGH NYS TAX LEVY "CAP"

THE THREE TAX LEVY NUMBERS UNDER NYS TAX LEVY “CAP"

NYS TAX LEVY “CAP” FORMULA: HOW DOES IT ADD UP?

UNDERSTANDING NYS STAR PROGRAM

UNDERSTANDING YOUR SCHOOL TAX BILL

The Audit Committee and Financial Statements

School district finances are subject to internal and external auditing, which promote both accountability and transparency. The Minisink Valley Central School District Audit Committee, which is comprised of Board members and community members, is charged with providing independent advice, assistance, and recommendations to the board in the oversight of the internal and external audit functions. 

Each year, in accordance with New York State regulations, an independent auditor conducts a review of the district's financial statements. After the audit is completed, it is reviewed by the Audit Committee and accepted by the Board. This typically takes place in the fall. View the most recent audited financial statement: AUDIT REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2018. (Reports for 2017 and 2016 are available in the "Budget Archives" section of this page.)

BUDGET ARCHIVES

AUDIT REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2017

AUDIT REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2016

OFFICE OF NYS COMPTROLLER MVCSD FINANCIAL CONDITION REPORT JULY 2011-JUNE 2015

MVCSD RESPONSE TO NYS FINANCIAL CONDITION REPORT JULY 2011-JUNE 2015