2019-20 Budget News
City School District of Albany, like public school districts across New
York, is in the process of developing a budget proposal for the 2019-20
school year. Voters in Albany and statewide will go to the polls
Tuesday, May 21 to decide on the proposals.
Albany voters this year also will have the opportunity to consider a
facilities package that would have no additional impact on taxes, and to
fill two seats on the Board of Education.
The board is scheduled to discuss the budget proposal at its meeting
April 4 at Albany High School. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. You
can download the March 21
budget presentation, which outlines the current status of the
district's preliminary budget-development work.
As of the board's March 21 meeting, the district is facing a budget gap
of $6.5 million before any proposed tax-levy increase or other savings.
School districts in New York won't get their final revenue estimates for
2019-20 until the state approves its 2019-20 budget, which is due
The district's tax-cap figure for 2019-20 is 2.87 percent. This figure,
set by the state based on several factors, is the maximum percentage
that the district can increase the tax levy with approval of a simple
majority of voters (more than 50 percent). Districts and municipalities
that propose a tax-levy increase above their cap require at least 60
The board will determine the proposed 2019-20 tax-levy increase in the
final stages of the budget-development process in
April; the district never has proposed an increase greater than its tax
cap since the state implemented that measure in 2011. The district’s average tax-levy increase
over the past
five years has been less than 1 percent – 0.634 percent.
In addition to the budget vote May 21, voters also will have the
opportunity to vote on the following school-related items:
Please visit our
section to review budget materials throughout the entire
Get informed. Then get involved.
The City School District of Albany's annual budget-development process
begins in the fall and includes dozens of public meetings throughout the winter and
spring, and the opportunity for all community groups to have a district
representative provide a presentation about the proposed budget in April
In addition to budget discussions at board meetings from January through
early May, the annual budget-development process
two January budget workshops and
school-based community budget updates in early March.
The Board of Education approved the
process and calendar at its Nov. 29 meeting.
Here are key dates and milestones:
Tuesday, Jan. 8 --
Public budget workshop I, 5:30-7 p.m., Albany
High School media center.
Tuesday, Jan. 15 --
Public budget workshop II, 5:30-7
p.m., Albany High School media center.
Thursday, Jan. 17 -- Board of Education meeting,
School of Humanities, 7 p.m.
Review of Gov. Cuomo's 2019-20 state
Thursday, Jan. 31 -- Board of Education meeting,
William S. Hackett Middle School, 7
p.m. First-draft budget proposal.
Thursday, Feb. 14 -- Board of Education meeting,
Albany High School, 7
p.m. Further discussion and revisions on first-draft budget
proposal. Download the presentation.
March 7 -- Board of Education meeting, Eagle Point
Elementary School, 7 p.m.
Second-draft budget proposal.
March 4-5 -- Community budget presentations.
Please visit our District News section for specific dates and
Watch a video from the presentations.
Thursday, March 21 -- Board of Education meeting,
North Albany Academy, 7
Thursday, April 4:
Board of Education
meeting, Albany High School, 7 p.m.
New Scotland-Woodlawn Neighborhood
Association, First Congregational Church, 405 Quail St., 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16 -- Board of Education meeting, Albany High School,
Thursday, April 18 -- Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, LaSalle School, Hamner Center,
391 Western Ave., 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23 -- South
End Neighborhood Association, Albany Public Library Howe branch, 103
Schuyler St., 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1 -- Council
of Albany Neighborhood Associations, Albany Public Library
Washington Avenue Branch, 161 Washington Ave., 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 9
Albany High School, cafeteria, 6 p.m.
Buckingham Lake Neighborhood Association, Albany Public Library
Pine Hills branch, 517 Western Ave., 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14:
Neighborhood Association, Orlo School of Hair Design and
Cosmetology, 232 N. Allen St., 7 p.m.
Montessori Community Council, Montessori Magnet School, 45
Tremont St., 6:30 p.m.
May 21 -- School budget vote and Board of Education elections
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