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New Berlin, NY 13411
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UV '20-21 Budget At A Glance (Proposed)

Tax levy increase
2.00%

Tax levy limit
8.86%

 
Budget
$22,187,569

Budget increase
0.59%
 


UV '19-20 BUDGET AT-A-GLANCE

Tax levy increase
1.56%

Tax levy limit
1.56%

Budget
$22,056,966

Budget increase
9.42%

 

Superintendent's 2020-21 Budget Briefing

For more detailed information, please see our Budget and COVID-19 FAQ page. 
 
A public hearing on the proposed budget was held at 6 p.m., June 1.
 
Unadilla Valley CSD will ask voters to approve a $22,187,569 budget by absentee ballot on June 16, 2020.

Under the governor’s executive order, voting is by absentee ballot only. Registered voters will receive a ballot by mail. Please follow the instructions included with the ballot. If you do not receive a ballot by June 1, please contact the district at (607) 847-7500. Originally a vote date of June 9 was set by the governor. But on June 7, the governor extended the voting until June 16.

“This budget is a very flat budget. It maintains what we have without getting extravagant,” Superintendent Bob Mackey said. 

Use of reserves and cost-savings from retirements is allowing the district to offset a projected 5.2 percent reduction in state aid and allow it flexibility for potential mid-year state aid cuts. There are no losses of academic and extracurricular programming, including athletics. A new Introduction to Educaton program is planned for next year, but it will rely on current staff.

The budget includes a tax levy increase that is below the district’s property tax cap limit of 8.86 percent. 

“We are committing to maintaining the best possible programming and minimizing the impact on taxpayers as we move forward into an uncertain time,” Mr. Mackey said. 

The budget will seek to address the district’s continuing response to COVID-19 and includes funding for summer programming for this year.
Four candidates are vying for three seats on the board of education. They include incumbents Vicky Gregory, Daniel Naughton and Richard Potter and challenger Kim Corcoran.
 
Please see our "Meet the Candidates" page for bios and videos for each candidate.

There is also a $100,000 capital outlay project built into the budget. The project is eligible for state aid and would involve installing energy efficiency improvements. If the budget does not get approved by voters on June 16, the district would either adopt a contingent budget, or hold a revote.

UV 2020-21 Budget Development

2020-21 Budget Development Calendar
 


Annual school budget vote and board election to be held June 16 by absentee ballot

In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. In a follow-up executive order on June 7, the governor indicated the mail-in voting deadline would be extended to June 16.

The executive order establishes a timeline of actions that schools must undertake leading up to this date, including sending an absentee ballot with a prepaid return envelope to all qualified voters. Qualified voters are defined as U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older and have lived in the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote.

Following budget adoption, the district will make the proposed budget available to the public, hold a budget hearing (which will take place remotely), and mail a budget notice to all residents after the budget hearing. This procedure is no different than other years except for the hearing being held remotely.

Additionally, the executive order calls for districts to send each qualified voter a postcard with the date of the election, the date of the budget hearing and the definition of a qualified voter.


Board of Education Election

The order also waived the minimum signature threshold for board of education candidates and states that candidates must meet all of the other requirements to run for the board. These include being qualified voters and having lived in the district continuously for one year prior to the election.