Voters approve revised budget on June 18
Niskayuna Central School District voters
approved the revised budget on Tuesday, June 18,
by a vote of 3,689 in favor and 1,844 opposed.
More school budget information The Tax Levy 'Cap' -
It's not 2 percent Although New York state's
tax levy cap has often been promoted as a "2
percent cap," it actually does not restrict tax
levy increases to 2 percent or any other number.
Instead, the law prescribes an eight-step
formula for districts to calculate a figure that
determines the level of support needed for a
proposed budget to pass. The district's limit
for a simple majority vote for 2013-14 is 4.66
percent. After the budget defeat on May 21,
school leaders lowered the increase in the
revised budget proposal for June 18 to 3.66
percent, which is $360,000 below the limit.
Read more about the law and how it changed
budget vote rules and the impact of a contingent
How has the state's "Gap Elimination
Adjustment" hurt the distric? Video and
Adjustment. Those three words will show up on
the districtís state aid report for a fourth
consecutive year in 2013-14. What do they mean?
The GEA, as it is called, is an amount of each
districtís promised state aid that has been
withheld to help the state address its own
budget challenges since 2010-11.
Fact Sheets on Important Budget Topics
(All documents are PDFs)
On June 18, Niskayuna Central School
District residents will head back to the polls
to decide on a revised budget proposal for the
2013-14 school year. This is a statewide revote
day. We encourage all district residents
to exercise their right to vote.
In the days before the vote, Niskayuna residents can expect to
receive a mailing with budget information. If
you do not receive a copy of this information, please contact the District Office at 377-4666,
ext. 50707 to request that one be mailed to you.
Eligibility You are eligible to vote if your are a United
States citizen, 18 years or older, and a
resident of the Niskayuna Central School
District for at least 30 days prior to the
annual vote date. No pre-registration is
required. Please bring a valid photo ID. You do
not need to own property to vote.
and When to Vote
Residents may cast their votes at Niskayuna High
School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June
18, 2013. The high school is the only polling site
in the district.
Parking will be
available in the lot to the right of the entry
road to campus off of Balltown Road.
Applications for absentee ballots are available
at the district office and will be issued upon
request to residents who are unable to vote in
person for reasons of illness or disability or
will be out of town on the date of the vote.
Applications may be requested by June 11 if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter.
Applications requested in person will be
provided through 4 p.m. on June 17. All
completed ballots must be returned to the
District Office by 4 p.m. on June 18.