2021-2022 School Budget Information
On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the Greenwich Central School District Board of Education adopted the proposed 2021-2022 budget of $22,590,319. This plan represents an increase of 2.79% from the approved zero budget-to-budget in 2020-2021 of $21,976,71.
A few changes were made from our original plan that was developed based on the Governor’s January funding run. Our 2021-2022 estimated revenue has increased $220,725 from the January proposal. To address this increased revenue we have dedicated resources to loss of learning (required) during the pandemic, reduced the tax levy for our taxpayers from the cap of 2.74% down to 2.0%, and by reducing the fund balance needed to balance the budget. In doing so, we carefully considered the ability of NYS to fund schools in the future, one-time expenses, managing and maximizing grants in the federal funding, and our strategic fund balance plan.
2021-22 School Budget at a glance:
2020-2021 budget: $21.97 million
2021-2022 budget (proposed): $22.59 million
Spending increase: $613,609, 2.79%
2020-2021 tax levy: $11.47 million
2021-2022 tax levy (proposed): $11.70 million
Tax levy increase: $229,454, 2.0% (cap is 2.74%)
Spend up to $245,750 to purchase two (2) 71-passenger school buses;
Library Proposition – to increase the appropriation to support the Greenwich Free Library from $99,837 to $103,541 and the appropriation to support the Easton Library from $42,586 to $44,123 annually?
Board of Education Election: One five-year term (commencing July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2025).
Incumbent Erin Boivin
Vote: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Greenwich School Primary Building
Board President’s Remarks
Reflecting on the last year and the many challenges all of us have faced, the importance of family and community has never been greater. We in the greater Greenwich family have pulled together to embrace what we value. Our children’s education is at the forefront of these community values.
Greenwich residents have always supported the superior education program embodied in the Greenwich Central School District. Many of us have benefited directly from a Greenwich school education. In the last year, we have faced great challenges and external pressures that forced us not only to be dedicated but innovative and flexible in order to continue this tradition of excellence.
Under very trying circumstances, our teachers, administrators, and staff have worked together to continue offering an educational program that is enriching, challenging, and diverse. In addition, students and parents have had to embrace a new learning process. Even with these unprecedented challenges, many independent outside organizations continue to rate the Greenwich schools as superior in all its endeavors. Whether it is in comparison with Capital Region, state, or national cohorts, Greenwich schools are ranked near the top.
This year’s Greenwich Central School District budget not only maintains but expands the high quality programs our students, parents, and community have come to expect and deserve. Voter approved construction will add additional resources and flexibility in accomplishing our teaching mission.
On behalf of the Greenwich Central School District Board of Education, I thank you for your continued support of our school programs. We share the common goal of ensuring our students grow educationally and emotionally and are well prepared to pursue and achieve their aspirations.
President, Board of Education
BUDGET VOTE RESULTS
Budget Proposition 298 Yes 95 No
Equipment Proposition 285 Yes 108 No
Library Proposition 298 Yes 96 No
Thank you to the entire Greenwich School Community
for your continued support of the
Greenwich Central School District’s commitment to excellence!!
2021-2022 Tax Cap & Levy Information
The "Tax Cap" in New York State
New York places restrictions on how school districts (and municipalities) may increase their tax levies. It requires at least 60 percent voter approval for a school budget if the proposed tax levy increase exceeds a threshold, known as the tax levy limit, which is unique to each district and calculated using a state formula. The 2021-2022 tax levy is below the "Cap" of 2.74% down to 2.00%.
Information on Property Tax Levy Cap
Proposed Tax Levy $11,702,174
Tax Levy Increase $ 229,454