Developing the annual school budget proposal is a year-round process that involves the Fort Plain Board of Education and district and school leaders.
On the third Tuesday of each May, that process culminates when residents go to the polls to vote on a school budget proposal for the following year and to elect Board of Education members.
2017-18 Budget at a Glance
- 2 percent spending increase from 2016-17
- 1.95 percent tax levy increase (below the District’s calculated tax levy “cap” of 6.26 percent).
- Passed on May 16, 2017 by a vote of 159-48
- General Support – $2,502,683 (12.58%)
- Instruction – $9,663,593 (48.59%)
- Pupil Transportation – $1,115,955 (5.61%)
- Employee Benefits – $5,567,769 (27.99%)
- Debt Service & Related Transfers $1,040,000 (5.23%)
- TOTAL – $19,890,000
- State Aid – $13,224,994
- Property Tax Levy (including STAR) – $5,580,146
- Fund Balance – $780,000
- Other – $304,860
- TOTAL $19,890,000
Other Proposals on Budget Vote
- Voters authorized use of $270,000 from the District’s Bus Purchase Reserve Fund for the purchase of new school vehicles (155 yes votes)
- 3 Board of Education members re-elected: David Przestrzelski (161 votes), Todd McFee (179 votes), Jeffrey L. Jones (173 votes)
Archived budgets and development news is available by contacting the district office.
School property tax rates are set in August for the upcoming school year. Tax rates are based on the total tax levy in the voter-approved school budget, the state-determined equalization rates, and assessment rolls for each town.
School property taxes are due Oct. 31 each year. Payments that are mailed must be postmarked no later than Oct. 31.
2017-18 Budget Voter Requirements
- U.S. citizen
- School district resident for at least 30 days
- 18 years of age