The next school budget vote is Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Voting will take place from 12 p.m. (Noon) to 9 p.m. in the Walter B. Elementary School Gymnasium.
School Board Election
Voters will also be asked to elect two candidates to the Board of Education. Michael Brutsch and William Buckenroth have each declared their candidacy. Each seat is a three-year, non-paid term.
Mike is a graduate of New Lebanon Central School District, as well as his wife and both children. He is a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College and The College of Saint Rose. Mike is currently employed as senior diagnostic technician for Kenworth Northeast in Albany. He served on the Board ten years ago and is just ending another three-year term. He has been on the Facilities Committee for the last ten years, and wants to continue serving the district and the community. Mike thinks our district provides many unique opportunities for our children because of our small size, and wants to ensure that we continue to do so while maintaining a responsible budget for the taxpayers.
Bill and his wife Britt live in East Chatham with their two sons, who currently attend New Lebanon schools. Bill is a former high school science teacher but now works at the Berkshire Medical Center as the Lead Physician Assistant in the emergency department. Bill is also an administrator for the department, as part of a leadership team, and is active in ensuring the department meets high standards for quality patient care with constant attention to fiscal responsibility in a dynamic healthcare environment. Bill looks to serve the community by bringing his experience as a former teacher, parent, and healthcare administrator to the school board team.
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Understanding New York’s Property Tax Cap
In June 2011, New York state leaders responded to calls for property tax relief by enacting a law that placed new restrictions on how school districts (and municipalities) may increase their tax levies*. Although often referred to as a “2 percent tax cap,” the law does not, in fact, restrict any proposed tax levy increase to 2 percent. It does, however, require at least 60 percent voter approval (supermajority) for a school budget if the proposed levy increase exceeds a certain amount.
That amount, called the “tax levy limit,” is calculated by each district according to a complex formula outlined in the law, and varies by district.
To help our community understand New York’s Property Tax Cap, we have provided you with informational resources.
Tax Levy Cap Resources:
Navigating Through Year 2 of New York’s Property Tax Levy Cap – March 2013
Understanding New York’s Tax Levy Cap – October 2011
New York’s Tax Levy Limit Formula: How does it add up?
The Three Tax Levy Numbers Under New York State’s Tax Levy Cap
2015-16-Budget – detailed