Annual school budget vote and board election rescheduled by the state
New York state school budget votes and board of education elections will be delayed until at least June 1, 2020, according to an executive order released by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday, March 30, 2020. View the executive order here.
The order specifically says, “Any school board, library board, or village election scheduled to take place in April or May of 2020 is hereby postponed until at least June 1, 2020, and subject to further directive as to the timing, location or manner of voting for such elections.”
This change will also impact school districts’ regular notification practices and timelines for sharing information about the vote and election.
Update on 2020-21 Budget Development
Fonda-Fultonville school leaders are in the process of developing the proposed 2020-21 budget. On Monday evening, Superintendent Thomas Ciaccio and Business Manager Tabitha Biggane shared a preliminary plan with the Board of Education.
Based on state aid projections in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget and an unexpected reassessment that reduced a Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT), available revenue for next year will not cover the growth in expenses. The district has a budget gap that needs to be closed.
Ciaccio is recommending to address the budget gap with a balanced approach of increasing the tax levy, the use of fund balance and spending reductions.
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
2019-20 budget by the numbers
- 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
- Property Taxes $10,495,098
- State Aid $18,595,000
- Fund Balance $200,000
- Reserves $284,359
- Other $765,000
- TOTAL $30,339,457
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.