- District Receives Positive Fiscal Report from State Comptroller – Posted January 30, 2015
- Board of Education Approves Tax Exemption for Veterans – Posted January 29, 2015
- Public hearing scheduled on veterans' tax exemption – Posted December 19, 2014
- Regents 2015 Federal Priorities – Posted November 19, 2014
- Regents 2015 State Legislative Priorities – Posted November 19, 2014
- Conceptual Framework for the 2015-2016 Regents State Aid Proposal – Posted November 19, 2014
- Educational Conference Board Position Statement – Posted November 14, 2014
- Superintendent of schools seeks input on budget – Posted September 25, 2014
Budget and Finance Documents
- Feedback from fall budget meetings – Posted December 10, 2014
- Budget Development Timeline – Posted November 13, 2014
- Status of School Bus Fleet – Posted October 23, 2014
Tax Levy Cap Information
- Understanding New York’s Property Tax Levy Cap (Published by Questar III and Capital Region BOCES) – Posted April 4, 2014
- New York’s Tax Levy “Cap” Formula: How does it add up? (Published by Questar III and Capital Region BOCES) – Posted April 4, 2014
- The three tax levy numbers under New York state’s tax levy “cap" (Published by Questar III and Capital Region BOCES) – Posted April 4, 2014
- Property Tax Cap Fiscal Years Beginning 2014: Inflation and Allowable Levy Growth Factors – Posted February 18, 2014
- Tax Levy Cap Raises Stakes for Schools (Published by Questar III and Capital Region BOCES) - Posted March 22, 2013
- Three Tax Levy Numbers (Published by Questar III and Capital Region BOCES) - Posted March 22, 2013
- NY's Tax Levy Limit Formula (Published by Questar III and Capital Region BOCES) - Posted March 22, 2013
- Understanding New York's Property Tax Levy Cap (Published by Capital Region BOCES
and Questar III) - Posted March 22, 2013
- What is the New York State Property Tax Cap? - A video produced by Capital Region BOCES - Posted March 22, 2013
- Understanding Your District's Proposed Budget Under the Tax Levy Legislation (published by NYSASBO) - Posted April 17, 2012
- Q&A The Property Tax Cap from the NYSSBA - Posted March 29, 2012
- Answers to common questions on tax cap, tax levies and tax rates from the NYSSBA - Posted February 24, 2012
- New York State's Property Tax Cap: A Citizen's Guide (Published by the Empire Center) - Posted January 10, 2012
- Frequently Asked Questions - NY Property Tax Cap Legislation - Posted October 7, 2011
- 1050 (Annual District Election and Budget Vote)
- 6100 (Annual Budget)
- 6110 (Budget Planning)
- 6110-R (Budget Planning Regulation)
- 6120 (Budget Hearing)
Overview of the Budget Process
Budget development starts in October when the Board of Education adopts a budget calendar. The Board also provides input to the administration on budget objectives and sets general parameters for the process.
The administration then prepares a budget with principals, department chairs and supervisors. Preliminary budgets are presented in March. The school board devotes time to budget development at its regular business meetings.
Administrators work to refine their numbers as more accurate cost estimates and enrollment figures are received during this period, and as Board members ask them to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of providing a service in a different way.
Throughout the winter and spring, school board members and administrators are also monitoring budget activity at the state level. School board members and administrators are in frequent contact with local legislators to inform them how various state funding proposals will affect East Greenbush schools.
The administration also looks at internal and external factors that are likely to have the greatest impact on the next year's budget. Such factors may include rising prices for fuel or health insurance.
In late March/early April (depending on state budget developments), the Board of Education votes on a proposed budget. A newsletter describing the budget is then printed and mailed to all district homes. A copy of the proposed budget broken down by line items is also available in late April at the main office of each school building, district office, public library and district website.
The public vote on the proposed budget is held by law on the third Tuesday in May, which this year will be May 19, 2015.