BOE approves 2021-22 budget

BOE approves 2021-22 budget
Posted on 04/23/2021
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The Cobleskill-Richmondville Board of Education has adopted a proposed 2021-22 school budget that increases spending by just 0.23 percent and contains no increase in the local property tax levy.

The budget proposal now will go before voters on May 18, 2021. Qualified, registered voters in the district can vote in person at C-R High School between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. or via absentee ballot. More information on how to apply for and cast an absentee ballot can be found here: Absentee Ballot Information.

This year’s budget proposal sustains all existing academic, co-curricular and extracurricular programs. The budget eliminates one full-time teaching position by attrition, but the reduction in staff will not result in the loss of any student programming.

The district was able to maintain a flat tax levy by taking advantage of an increase in aid from New York state as well as strategic use of reserve funds. 

Here is a summary of our budget proposal:

 

General Fund Budget


$43,140,237
 

0.23% increase

Real property tax levy

$16,854,660

0.00% increase

 State Aid and Federal Sources  

 $21,779,830

3.77% increase 

 Fund Balance & Reserve Appropriations

 $1,504,174

31.3% decrease 


More detailed information about this year’s budget can be found in the “Budget and Finance” section of our website: Budget and Finance.

C-R also will benefit from a significant infusion of federal stimulus funding that the district will receive over the next two years. These funds, totaling $6.3 million, are by law not included in the budget proposal. They will be used specifically to provide focused pandemic recovery services to students and to make pandemic-related investments to our campus infrastructure.  

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s budget hearing scheduled for May 10, 2021 (6:30 p.m.) will occur remotely and be viewable on a livestream broadcast. More information about how to participate in the budget hearing will be available on the district website before the meeting.

“I’m so grateful for the continued dedication of our faculty, staff and administrators, and I am in awe of the creativity, flexibility, and ‘COVID compliance’ our students and families have demonstrated throughout this pandemic,” said Carl J. Mummenthey, Superintendent of Schools. “In a time fraught with many challenges, we are proud to put forth a budget proposal that, without raising the property tax left, maintains all programming for students.”