As Orange County residents go to the polls on Tuesday, May 15, they'll be asked to OK a number of school budgets that seek to spend close to the state-imposed tax cap.
Other school districts, meanwhile, have proposed creating "capital reserve funds," or so-called "rainy day" accounts for repairs or other emergency expenses. And several school districts seek taxpayer approval to buy new school buses.
Here is a summary of major budget and ballot issues, in addition to school board elections:
- Chester School District proposes a $27.6 million budget.
- Cornwall School District proposes a $71.5 million budget. The school district also wants to set up a $5 million capital reserve fund.
- Florida School District proposes a $21.7 million budget. Florida also wants to create a capital reserve fund for an unspecified amount of money. The school district also wants approval to allow continuous voter registration.
- Goshen School District proposes a $71.3 million budget. Goshen also proposes buying eight school buses for $656,248. And, the district is seeking voters' OK to spend nearly $4 million from its capital reserve fund.
- Greenwood Lake proposes a $26.6 million school budget. The school district also seeks to increase its reserve fund by $2.5 million.
- Highland Falls proposes a $30.6 million school budget.
- Kiryas Joel proposes a nearly $25.7 million school budget.
- Middletown proposes a $190 million school budget.
- Minisink Valley proposes a nearly $100 million school budget. The district also wants to buy 11 school buses for $954,539.
- Monroe-Woodbury proposes a school budget of $176.6 million. The school district also seeks permission to spend $1.1 million to buy 10 buses.
- Newburgh Schools propose an annual budget of $275.4 million. The school district also seeks to set up a $10 million capital reserve. Newburgh has proposed selling its Washington Street School. (see a related news article here.) Finally, the district wants to spend $400,000 for expanded busing.
- A separate ballot issue would allow the City of Newburgh to collect $5.1 million for the Newburgh Free Library.
- Also, the City of Newburgh is seeking voter support to approve a Cold War veterans property tax exemption.
- Pine Bush seeks approval of a $116.2 million school budget. Pine Bush also seeks to create a capital reserve fund. And, the school district wants to spend $7 million on "energy projects."
- Port Jervis has proposed a school budget totaling $72.2 million.
- Tuxedo has proposed a school budget of $13.1 million. Tuxedo also seeks to set up a capital reserve of $250,000 and a "fund repair reserve" of $150,000.
- Valley Central Schools propose a budget of $104.2 million.
- Warwick Valley proposes a school budget of $92.8 million. The school district also proposes buying five new buses for $485,000. Finally, the school district seeks to set up an annual repair reserve of $150,000, capped at a total of $750,000.
- Washingtonville Schools propose a budget of $99.2 million. The school district also seeks to buy eight buses for $989,827.
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