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Budget

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.

Voters approve 2018-19 budget

Fort Plain School District voters went to polls on Tuesday, May 15 and approved the district’s proposed 2018-19 school budget. The budget passed with 80.7 percent in favor.

The $20,500,000 budget increases spending 3.07 percent or $610,000 over the current year and carries nt tax levy increase.

The final count was:

  • Yes— 167
  • No— 40

Voter approved a proposition to purchase new  school buses. The final count was:

  • Yes— 163
  • No— 43

Voters approved a proposition to increase funding  $5,000 to $80,000 for the Fort Plain Free Library. The final count was:

  • Yes— 134
  • No— 72

Voters also elected Mary Beth Hudyncia and Kim Keane to the Board of Education. The final count for each candidate was:

  • Mary Beth Hudyncia—180
  • Kim Keane—177

Budget hearing set

Residents may learn more and ask questions about the 2018-19 proposed school budget at the district’s budget hearing at 7 p.m. on May 2 in the District Office Conference Room.

2018-19 Budget at a Glance

  • No tax levy increase
  • Will require a simple majority of votes to pass because the proposal is below the District’s calculated tax levy “cap” of 4.13 percent.
  • 3.07 percent or $610,000 spending increase from 2017-18 (all of that increase funds student instruction and pupil transportation)

Expenditures

  • General Support – $2,520,282 (12.29%)
  • Instruction – $10,257,370 (50,04%)
  • Pupil Transportation – $1,181,127 (5.76%)
  • Employee Benefits – $5,476,221 (27.99%)
  • Debt Service & Related Transfers $1,065,000 (5.76%)
  • TOTAL – $20,500,000

Revenues

  • State Aid – $14,035,684 (68.47%)
  • Property Tax Levy (including STAR) – $5,581,146 (27.22%)
  • Fund Balance – $600,000 (2.93%)
  • Other – $284,170 (1.38%)
  • TOTAL $20,500,000

Other Proposals on Budget Vote

  • Authorization to purchase buses not to exceed $230,0000.
  • Authorization to increase Fort Plain Free Library appropriation by $5,000 to $80,000 (this is separate of the school budget)
  • Elect two members to three-year terms on board of education. Candidates are Kim Keane and Mary Beth Hudyncia.

Archived budgets and development news is available by contacting the district office. 

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

Proposed 2018-19 budget carries no tax levy increase

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