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'22-'23 Budget Process

Updates, Information, and News

  • March 2, 2022, 7pm - First Budget Presentation
  • March 12, 2022, 9am - Second Budget Presentation & Community Budget Discussion
  • March 16, 2022, 7pm - Third Budget Presentation
  • March 23, 2022, 6pm - Fourth Budget Presentation & Community Budget Discussion
  • March 30, 2022, 6pm - Fifth Budget Presentation
  • April 6, 2022, 7pm - Sixth Budget Presentation & Adoption by the Board 7:00 PM
  • April 18, 2022, 5pm - Board Candidate Petitions Due to the District Clerk
  • April 19, 2022, 10am - Drawing of names for candidate order on ballot
  • April 19, 2022, 7pm - BOE Meeting-Budget Update
  • April 25, 2022, 7pm - Budget Presentation at Desmond Fish Library via Virtual Crowdcast
  • May 2 - May 3, 2022 – Voter registration 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at District Office (Voters may register at any time up to May 3, 2022. Contact the District Clerk at 845-424-3689, ext. 224 or via email at dcallo@gufs.org)
  • May 4, 2022, 7pm - BOE Meeting/Public Hearing on Adopted Budget
  • May 10, 2022 - Deadline for filing absentee ballot application by mail
  • May 16, 2022 - Deadline for filing absentee ballot application in person
  • May 17, 2022, 5pm - Deadline to receive absentee ballot at voting location
  • May 17, 2022 - School Budget Vote & Board Election, 7AM to 9PM – GUFS School Gymnasium
  • May 18, 2022, 7pm - BOE Meeting-Ratify results of Budget Vote & Board Election

What is a property tax cap override?

  • The tax cap, which was implemented for all NYS school districts in 2012, limits annual tax levy increases to the lesser of the rate of inflation or 2%. School districts may override the cap with 60% voter approval of their budget.

Why do we need a tax cap override this year?
  • Tuition costs increasing by $488,061
    • Haldane HS tuition increasing by $309,412 (32%)
    • O’Neill HS tuition increasing by $25,888 (5%)
    • Enrollment and special education services increasing by $152,761 (14%)
  • Health care costs increasing $180,044 (14%)
  • Transportation costs increasing by $94,183 (12%)
  • Total increases = $762,288

Why a 9.18% override?
  • This level of funding is necessary to avoid eliminating teaching positions and making other programmatic cuts that will negatively impact the fundamental tenets of The Garrison School experience
  • Asking for a lower tax levy increase will likely require another budget override within the next two years
    • The Board of Education is focused on addressing this issue today and not delaying to the future

Why not cover the overages with the fund balance?
  • While some of the 2022-23 budget expenses could be covered by fund balance, Garrison would be left in an extremely precarious position financially and would likely need an override higher than 9.18% in 2023-24
    • Use of fund balance to close the budget gap does not address the district’s fundamental revenue shortfall issue
    • District will likely have a lower bond rating and pay higher interest rates on capital project loan consolidation
    • District will have limited ability to react to emergencies, such as a future pandemic or facility issues such as a roofing emergency

Why is the district in this situation?
  • Due to costs that are increasing beyond the district’s control (high school tuition, special education programs, health care and transportation)

What happens if voters do not approve the budget override?
  • Board will have three choices:
    • Hold a re-vote on June 21st to approve the 9.18% override
    • Hold a re-vote on June 21st to approve a lower tax levy increase
    • Adopt a contingency budget or 0% tax levy increase without going back to the voters

What does a contingency budget mean?
  • No tax levy increase from 2021-22
  • Board would need to reduce approximately $1,000,000 from its proposed budget

Click here to view the complete 2022-2023 Garrison Union Free School District Proposed Budget Summary.

Click here to view the
2022-2023 Garrison Union Free School District Budget Newsletter (View in Spanish)

5/11/22
On 5/4/22, Superintendent Carl Albano and Business Administrator Joseph Jimick shared an in-depth presentation about the 2022/23 Garrison Union Free School Budget. View the slides here.

4/26
On 4/25/22, Superintendent Carl Albano and Business Administrator Joseph Jimick shared an in-depth presentation about the 2022/23 Garrison Union Free School Budget with Q&A. View the replay here.

4/21/22

The seventh budget presentation for the proposed 2022-2023 school budget was given at the April 19, 2022 Board of Education meeting. View presentation here.

4/6/22
The sixth budget presentation for the proposed 2022-2023 school budget was given at the April 6, 2022 Board of Education meeting. The Board voted to adopt the proposed 2022-2023 school budget and approve the budget proposition to appear on the ballot at the Annual Meeting of May 17, 2022. View presentation here.

3/30/22
The fifth budget presentation for the proposed 2022-2023 school budget was given at the March 30, 2022 Special Board of Education meeting. View presentation here.

3/23/22

The fourth budget presentation for the proposed 2022-2023 school budget was given at the March 23, 2022 Community School Budget Discussion. View presentation here.

3/16/22
The third budget presentation for the proposed 2022-2023 school budget was given at the March 16, 2022 Board of Education meeting. View presentation here.

3/12/22
The second budget presentation for the proposed 2022-2023 school budget was given at the March 12, 2022 Community School Budget Discussion. View presentation here.

3/2/22
The first budget presentation for the proposed 2022-2023 school budget was given at the March 2, 2022 Board of Education meeting. View presentation here.

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