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2019-20 SCHOOL BUDGET DEVELOPMENT PROCESS ─ BUDGET VOTE ON TUE., MAY 21, 2019

Our public schools are one of the most significant and consequential investments our community makes. With that in mind, our Board of Education works with district and school leaders to develop a school budget proposal informed by the district's mission, educational goals, and fiscal responsibilities and opportunities.

The budget development process is open to the public and involves budget proposal presentations to the Finance Committee of the Board of Education on program and service areas, leading up to the presentation of the district’s proposed budget. 

Finance Committee members are William Cooper, Chair, Kathlee DeRose, John Odland, and Joseph Flaherty, Board President.

Public budget development meetings will begin Thursday, Feb. 7, with the presentation of initial rounds of budget proposals for every school in the district, by its respective principal. There is opportunity for public comment, and participation is encouraged. 

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Minisink Valley residents will vote on the budget proposal for the 2019-20 school year. 

Finance Committee Meetings

  • Thursday, February 7, 6:30 p.m., Middle School Auditorium
  • Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m., Middle School Auditorium
  • Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m., Middle School Auditorium
  • Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m., Middle School Auditorium
  • Thursday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., Middle School Auditorium

2019-20 Budget Articles

District Continues Budget Development Process, Addresses Tax Levy Increase Projection
2019-20 Budget Development Work Continues 
Public Budget-Development Meeting: Thursday, April 11
Officials Announce Further Reduction in Proposed Tax Levy Increase; development work continues
Board of Education Elections: Nominating Petitions Information

Important 2019-20 School Budget Dates

  • Final Budget Review: Thursday, March 21 (at the end of the finance committee meeting)
  • Public Budget Hearing: Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m.
  • BUDGET VOTE and Board of Education Election: Tue., May 21, 2019 ∙ Noon to 9 p.m.

2018-2019 BUDGET SUMMARY

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

Projected tax impact of a 2.60% tax levy increase for a home with a fair market value of $250,000 in Minisink Valley: $147 (projection is based on current equalization rates)

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? 
You can download the application form here, or obtain it at the office of the school district clerk. Absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk no later than 5 p.m. on ­­­­­Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

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