Budget & Taxes

The 2018-19 school budget was approved by voters on May 15. The budget will preserve existing programs and provide new opportunities for students. Details are below:

2018-19 Budget Highlights

  • Budget total: $25,190,000
  • State aid total: $15,121,000
  • Local tax levy: $8,845,000
  • Tax levy increase: 3.94%
  • Tax levy limit: 4.03%

Three-part breakdown

  • Program Budget 2018-19: $17,212,000 (68%)
    The Program Budget includes: the salaries and benefits of all teachers, guidance counselors, aides, monitors, psychologists, nurses, social workers and speech therapists.
  • Capital Budget 2018-19: $5,752,000 (23%)
    The Capital Budget includes: debt service on buildings; bus purchases; tax certiorari and court-ordered costs; and operations and maintenance costs including custodial staff.
  • Administrative Budget 2018-19: $2,226,000 (9%)
    The Administrative Budget includes: the salaries and benefits of all professional members who spend 50 percent or more of their time in administration and supervision. Also included are: clerical staff; public information; curriculum development and supervision; research, planning and evaluation; legal services; and school board-related costs.

View past years’ budgets

Budget Development

Herkimer Central School District residents will vote on a proposed 2019-20 budget on Tuesday, May 21, but budget development is a year-round process:

  • January: Initial budget workshop meeting
  • February: Budget workshop meeting (budget draft presented to Board of Education)
  • March: Board candidate petitions available; tax levy limit calculation due to New York State Department of Education and state Comptroller; budget workshop meeting; adoption of scheduled propositions
  • April: Proposed budget adopted; board candidate petitions due
  • Early May: Budget statement available; budget hearing; budget notice mailed
  • Third Tuesday in May: Budget vote
  • July: Certification of compliance with tax levy

The Business Office at Herkimer CSD is responsible for oversight and management of district finances that are needed to support the educational mission.