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2020-21 Budget Information

2020-21 Budget At A Glance

  • Budget total: $22,791,863 (increase of $25,258, or 0.11%, over the current year)
  • Proposed tax levy: $9,750,000
  • Proposed tax levy increase: 2.09%

District voters to consider $22.79 million budget proposal

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Corinth residents are being asked to consider by absentee ballot a $22,791,863 budget for the 2020-21 school year. The proposal represents a 0.11 percent increase ($25,258) over the current year budget and carries a 2.09 percent tax levy increase. Please note that the proposed budget is below the district’s maximum allowable limit, or cap, as we continue to consider our community’s financial situation during these difficult times. Staying under the tax cap requires a simple majority of voters to approve the budget. If approved, residents will see an estimated $49 increase (before STAR Program savings) on their tax bill on a house assessed at $100,000.

Absentee voting only, no in-person voting

Per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.26 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual school budget vote and board of education elections are being held by absentee ballot only. There is NO in-person voting this year. All qualified voters on last year’s poll registration were mailed an absentee ballot. (See below to learn more about obtaining an absentee ballot.) By law, ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on June 9, 2020 in order to be counted. Additionally, the prepaid return envelope MUST be signed by the voter in order to be counted. 

After the state budget was adopted, Corinth school leaders had a budget gap of approximately $470,000.  To close the gap, a few positions of employees retiring will not be filled due to a reduction in class sizes and the duties of another position will be reassigned. 

Included in the proposed budget is a $100,000 capital project to replace damaged windows due to health and safety concerns. The district will be reimbursed 78 percent of the cost, or $78,000, bringing the cost of the capital project down to $22,000.

In addition to the proposed budget, voters will also consider two propositions (bus purchase and Corinth Free Library), and elect one candidate for the Corinth Board of Education. See back page for details.

2020-21 Budget Documents

Absentee Ballots Due by 5 p.m. June 9

In late May, qualified voters on the district’s most recent years’ polling lists were automatically sent an absentee ballot in the mail along with a prepaid return envelope. Residents who meet the definition of a “qualified voter,” but do not believe they will be on the school district’s polling list (which includes names of residents who voted in recent years’ school elections), should contact District Clerk Jennifer Bardin by email at bardinj@corinthcsd.org as soon as possible to ensure timely receipt of an absentee ballot for the 2020 school election.

By law, residents must return their ballots by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in order for the vote to count. Additionally, the return envelope MUST be signed by the voter. Envelopes that are not signed cannot be counted. 

Voters should mail in their absentee ballots or hand deliver completed ballots in the return envelope. A secure drop box will be located at the Middle School, 105 Oak Street, on June 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents should insert their ballot in their signed return envelope into the secure drop box.

Questions? Please contact District Clerk Jennifer Bardin at bardinj@corinthcsd.org.

Propositions

  • Prop #1  Proposed Budget: The proposed 2020-21 budget totals $22,791,863, a budget-to-budget increase of $25,258, or 0.11 percent. The proposed tax levy increase of $200,000 — or 2.09 percent — is below the district’s tax “cap” of 2.24 percent. 
  • Prop #2  Transportation: Authorizes the district to purchase school buses for a total not to exceed $308,000.
  • Prop #3 Corinth Free Library: The proposition would authorize the district to collect $63,954 toward the expense of operating and maintaining the Corinth Free Library. 
  • Board of Education Candidates: One candidate will be elected to the school board. Board members serve five-year terms on the seven-member board. The candidate for the one position is: Andy Kelley

 

**Please note: if you have trouble accessing any of the PDF documents on this page, please contact the Business Office at (518) 654-9005, ext. 3403.