Budget & Taxes

The annual school board election and budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 21. Voting will be held from noon to 9 p.m. in the high school auditorium.


Board of Education adopts 2019-20 budget proposal

The proposed budget maintains all current programs and services, expands academic opportunities and support for students, and reflects a 3.45 percent year-to-year spending increase while staying within the tax levy limit.


Learn about the 2019-20 budget at community presentations

Presentations with school officials are scheduled through May:

  • Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m. at the Town of Glen Firehouse, 134 Auriesville Road, Glen.
  • Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Town of Mohawk Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Thursday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at the Fonda-Fultonville PTSA meeting in the middle school multi-purpose room, 112 Old Johnstown Road, Fonda.

Presentations are additionally scheduled at the local senior citizen groups’ monthly meetings:

  • Tuesday, April 30 at 10:30 a.m. with the Glen Mohawk Senior Citizens, Fonda Reformed Church, 19 Broadway, Fonda.
  • Thursday, May 9 at 11 a.m. with the Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors at Sacred Heart Church, 111 Third Ave., Tribes Hill.

2019-20 Budget Snapshot

Total Budget: $30,339,457
Total Budget Change from 2018-19: $1,012,358 (3.45%)
Tax Levy Change from 2018-19: $155,335 (1.5%)
Tax Levy Limit (“Cap”): 3.89%
Use of Reserves: $484,358

The 2019-20 budget continues all programs from the 2018-19 budget. Program additions that are funded in the 2019-20 budget include:

  • The addition of a full-time director of curriculum and instruction. The position will support all departments in grades UPK-12 by working closely with the superintendent and administrators to develop long-range educational plans and implement district-wide initiatives that aim to improve student success. This includes overseeing the district’s transition to the state’s Next Generation Learning Standards, coordinating professional development for teachers and collaborating with educational consultants and State Education Department officials.
  • A part-time school counselor — a new state-mandated position — who will support students in grades K-5.
  • The first phase of the district’s 1:1 computer initiative. Under a pilot program, students in two secondary grade levels will receive a Chromebook to support their academic studies. The long-term goal is to put a technology device in the hands of each student to increase student collaboration, build research skills and encourage critical thinking, innovation and workplace readiness.

Savings generated by strategic efficiencies, three retirements and a $266,169 increase in state foundation aid will allow the district to enhance its academic program while keeping the tax levy change below the tax cap. The district will additionally use $484,358 in reserves to balance the budget. Savings were generated by reorganizing the district’s transportation budget and by bringing programs in-house that were previously provided by outside providers.

Bus lease proposition

Voters will consider a proposition to approve a five-year lease for a 30-passenger bus at a total cost not to exceed $49,000. The district’s current lease for a bus will expire on July 1. If voters approve the lease, the district will continue to have three leased buses.

The use of leased buses has generated significant savings for the district in areas that are not eligible for state aid, including prekindergarten transportation and the late bus run.


2019-20 budget by the numbers

Expenditures

  • General Support $3,444,050
  • Instruction $13,942,823
  • Pupil Transportation $2,439,575
  • Employee Benefits $7,362,788
  • Debt Service $3,145,220
  • Interfund Transfers $5,000
  • TOTAL $30,339,457

Revenues

  • Property Taxes $10,495,098
  • State Aid $18,595,000
  • Fund Balance $200,000
  • Reserves $284,359
  • Other $765,000
  • TOTAL $30,339,457

2019-20 Budget Development Calendar

  • Monday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m., Budget workshop.
  • Friday, March 1, Deadline to submit tax levy limit information to NYS Comptroller’s Office and Commissioner of Education and Taxation & Finance.
  • Monday, March 25, 6 p.m., Budget workshop.
  • April 2-6, Publish first legal notice of annual meeting, board vote and board election.
  • Wednesday, April 17, 6 p.m., Budget workshop. Final overview and approval of the 2019-20 budget.
  • Thursday, April 18, Transmit Property Tax Report Card to SED by the end of the next business day following approval by BOE, but no later than 24 days prior to the May 21 budget vote.
  • Monday, April 22, 5 p.m., Board nominating petitions due. Voter-submitted propositions, other than those required to be in the notice of the annual meeting, must also be submitted.
  • May 7-21, Copies of budget available to residents.
  • May 7-21, Copies of budget available to residents.
  • Thursday, May 9, Budget notice sent to voters.
  • Tuesday, May 14, 7 p.m., Public hearing on the proposed 2019-20 budget.
  • Tuesday, May 21, noon to 9 p.m., Annual budget vote and board of education election.

Tax Information

Check the status of your tax bill online

If you’d like to check to see if your school tax bill is paid, the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District Tax Bills are now online. Please note that paid information is on a time-delay and is provided for your convenience only.

This link will take you to the Montgomery County Tax Bill Search and View page. When on this page, click on the drop down arrow for school selection list and click on “Fonda/Fultonville School District-Original and Updated Information Available.” Enter your search information in any of the categories listed and click on the “Submit” button. The listing of school tax bills will appear according to your search criteria. Click on the tax bill number of the school tax bill you would like to view. To print the viewed tax bill, right click and select print.

More information


Voter Eligibility

All voters must be U.S. citizens, age 18 or older and residents of the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote. Advanced registration is NOT required. You may be asked to show proof of residency (such as a valid ID that lists your address) when voting.


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