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Budget & Finance

2019-20 Budget Info

Developing the annual school budget proposal is a year-round process that involves the Fort Plain Board of Education, as well as 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.

This year’s school budget vote and Board of Education election will take place on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Polls will be open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harry Hoag Elementary Gymnasium.

  • Total Budget: $20,950,000
  • Spending Increase: 2.20%
  • Tax Levy Increase: 1.49%
  • Use of Fund Balance: $525,000

A second proposition on the May 21 ballot will ask residents to vote on the use of $377,000 from
the district’s Bus Purchase Reserve Fund to purchase three new school vehicles. Expenditures of
reserve funds require voter approval; however, since 100% of the cost is paid from the fund, there
will be no impact on the tax levy.

Voters will also be asked to decide on a proposition to increase the Fort Plain Free Library funding
by $5,000.

Voters will also elect two members of the Board of Education to three-year terms commencing on
July 1, 2019 and expiring on June 30, 2022. Joseph Bartholomew and Ronald Kardash’s terms expire
on June 30, 2019.

2019-20 proposed budget goes before residents on May 21


  • General Support – $2,485,545 (11.86%)
  • Instruction – $10,726,118 (51.20%)
  • Pupil Transportation – $1,204,182 (5.75%)
  • Employee Benefits – $5,444,155 (25.99%)
  • Debt Service & Related Transfers $1,090,000 (5.20%)
  • TOTAL – $20,950,000


  • State Aid – $14,422,249 (68.84%)
  • Property Tax Levy (including STAR) – $5,663,412 (27.03%)
  • Fund Balance – $525,000 (2.51%)
  • Other – $339,339 (1.62%)
  • TOTAL $20,950,000

School Taxes

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.

View your tax bill | STAR exemptions website

Budget Voter Requirements

  • U.S. citizen
  • School district resident for at least 30 days
  • 18 years of age

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