Board of Education Outlines Details of Adopted 2015-16 Budget for Consideration by District Voters on May 19, 2015
At a Special meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the Rhinebeck Central School District Board of Education adopted a proposed 2015-16 school district budget for presentation to the District’s voters for their consideration and approval at the Annual Meeting and Budget/Board of Education Member Vote on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 2:00 to 9:00 pm in the Bulkeley Middle School cafeteria. A public budget hearing required by New York State was held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, immediately prior to the BOE meeting that evening and one week before the budget vote.
The proposed 2015-16 school budget under consideration for voter approval includes the expenditure of $31,678,665, a budget-to-budget increase of 2.68% over the current year’s spending plan. The proposed budget will also increase the tax levy 2.17%.
Under the New York State Tax Levy Cap legislation formula, the Rhinebeck Central School District is limited to a tax levy increase of no more than 2.17% upon the approval of a simple majority of the voters casting ballots on May 19th. The proposed 2015-16 school budget, as adopted by the Board of Education on April 21st, will be within the statutory limitation of the Tax Levy Cap formula again this year.
In addition, registered voters will have the opportunity to cast ballots for two vacant Board of Education seats. Mark Fleischhauer and Diane Lyons, both incumbents, have filed petitions and their names will be on the ballot for voter consideration.
Additional information supporting the current draft of the proposed 2015-16 school budget can be found on the main page of the District website (www.rhinebeckcsd.org). Questions on the proposed 2015-16 budget can be directed to Joseph Phelan, Superintendent of Schools, Thomas Burnell, Assistant Superintendent of Support Services, and/or members of the Rhinebeck Central School District Board of Education, all of whose contact information is located on the District website or by calling (845) 871-5520.