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RESIDENTS APPROVE MINISINK VALLEY’S REVISED $95.3 MILLION BUDGET FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR

On Tuesday, June 18 Minisink Valley Central School District residents approved the 2019-20 school budget in a 2,449 to 1,085 revote.

The results showed 69.3 percent of voters approved the proposed budget, achieving a 60 percent plus one supermajority.

The $95.3 million proposed budget is a $4,676,257 reduction from the 2018-19 spending plan.  The approved 2.46 percent tax levy means residents who own a home with a $300,000 fair market value will have $165 tax increase for the next school year.

This approved budget reflects additional spending cuts from the initial proposed budget rejected by
voters on May 21.

The reductions which are in place for the 2019-20 school year are:

Staffing reductions

  • 21 faculty positions

  • 32.5 staff positions

  • 2 administrator positions

 

Reductions

  • Technology budget

  • CR BOCES public information services

  • Equipment and supplies

 

Eliminations

  • Field trips

  • Summer school program

  • 5 p.m. bus runs

  • Summer curriculum program

  • Virtual High School

  • Selected high school/AP college course

  • High school electives

  • After school detention II program

  • Intramural swimming program

  • 17 sports program assistants

  • Office of Professional Learning

 

The approved budget also uses $5,311,500 of the district’s fund balance.

“We are extremely grateful to our residents for approving this budget,” said Superintendent Brian Monahan. “Reducing the budget required us to make some very difficult decisions. However, this budget allows the district to provide a quality academic program to our students while continuing to offer a range of extracurricular and athletic experiences to prepare them to be college, career and civic ready. Our residents asked us to identify ways to cut costs to lower the tax levy and we have accomplished that with this budget. Our commitment is to the Minisink community and our students to provide quality instructional programming and learning opportunities.”  

Mr. Monahan added: “Thank you to everyone who supported this budget. We pledge to remain focused on doing everything possible to ensure our community supports the work we do to provide the best possible education to our students.”           

 

 Board of Education election results from the May 21 election

There were three incumbent candidates on the ballot for three, 3-year-term seats commencing July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2022. Vote totals were: Thomas Salamone: 1,637; Joseph Flaherty: 1,774; and William Cooper, 2,247.

2019-20 voter approved budget at a glance

BUDGET: $95,314,988
TAX LEVY: 2.46%
SPENDING DECREASE: $4,676,257

The initial 2019-20 Proposed budget at a glance* 

  • PROPOSED 2019-20 BUDGET: $97,466,466
  • PROPOSED TAX LEVY: 7.97%
  • SPENDING DECREASE: $2,524,779

* This proposal was voted down on May 21, 2019.

2018-2019 BUDGET SUMMARY

  • Budget: $99,991,245
  • Budget-to-Budget Spending Increase: $2,584,181 (+2.65%)
  • Proposed Tax Levy: 2.60%


Budget Presentations and Newsletter

Revised 2019-20 Budget Proposal Adopted on June 4: Presented at Public Hearing on June 11

Revised 2019-20 Budget Proposal: Presented to Board of Education and community on Thursday, May 30, at 8 p.m.

2019-20 Budget Newsletter

2019-20 Public Budget Presentation

2019-20 Budget Development Articles/Announcements

VOTER INFORMATION

Who may vote?
You may vote if you are 18-years old or older, a U.S. citizen, a district resident for at least 30 days, and registered voter for either a general election or a school board election.

How do I register for the school vote?
If you are already registered with the county, you are eligible to vote. To confirm your county registration, visit www.orangecountygov.com, <How Do I… >, <Voter Registration > <NYS Voter Lookup Database> and enter the required fields to view your voter status. If you are not registered with the county and would like to register for ONLY the school’s budget vote and election, please do so by stopping by the main office. You may also register at the district clerk’s office, Minisink Valley Central School District, Route 6, Slate Hill, New York, until May 16, 2019, from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on days when school is in session. Please provide proof of residency.           

Where do I vote? 

  • Residents of District #1 - Towns of Greenville, Minisink and Wawayanda vote in the Intermediate School gym A, Route 6 campus. 
  • Residents of District #2 - Towns of Mount Hope, Mamakating and Wallkill vote at the Otisville Elementary School.

How do I get an absentee ballot?
Absentee ballots are available to registered residents who are unable to vote in person for reasons of illness or disability or who will be out of town on the date of the vote. Applications for absentee ballots are available by downloading the Application for Absentee Ballot form here or from the District Clerk. The clerk must receive the application for the ballot at least seven days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter or the day before the election if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter.  For further information, contact the District Clerk at 845-355-5115.  The Office of the District Clerk must receive all completed ballots no later than 5 p.m. on the day of the election.

Questions? Call 355-5115

BUDGET TOPICS AND FACT SHEETS

BALANCING THE SCHOOL BUDGET: EXPENSES & REVENUES AT A GLANCE

NAVIGATING THROUGH NYS TAX LEVY "CAP"

THE THREE TAX LEVY NUMBERS UNDER NYS TAX LEVY “CAP"

NYS TAX LEVY “CAP” FORMULA: HOW DOES IT ADD UP?

UNDERSTANDING NYS STAR PROGRAM

UNDERSTANDING YOUR SCHOOL TAX BILL

The Audit Committee and Financial Statements

School district finances are subject to internal and external auditing, which promote both accountability and transparency. The Minisink Valley Central School District Audit Committee, which is comprised of Board members and community members, is charged with providing independent advice, assistance, and recommendations to the board in the oversight of the internal and external audit functions. 

Each year, in accordance with New York State regulations, an independent auditor conducts a review of the district's financial statements. After the audit is completed, it is reviewed by the Audit Committee and accepted by the Board. This typically takes place in the fall. View the most recent audited financial statement: AUDIT REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2018. (Reports for 2017 and 2016 are available in the "Budget Archives" section of this page.)

BUDGET ARCHIVES

AUDIT REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2017

AUDIT REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2016

OFFICE OF NYS COMPTROLLER MVCSD FINANCIAL CONDITION REPORT JULY 2011-JUNE 2015

MVCSD RESPONSE TO NYS FINANCIAL CONDITION REPORT JULY 2011-JUNE 2015