The Business Office at Herkimer CSD is responsible for oversight and management of district finances that are needed to support the educational mission.
Herkimer Central School District voters will cast absentee ballots in June to decide on a $25,175,000 budget proposal that maintains student programs despite minimal increases in state aid.
The spending plan proposes using $1.1 million in fund balance, and leaving four full-time positions unfilled, to limit the tax levy increase to 4.49% (an increase of $406,000). This is below the tax levy limit of 4.86%.
At the elementary level, the proposal would continue to fund classroom and extracurricular programs, including after-school swim instruction, summer programs, and a full-time school counselor.
At the middle and high school level, the budget proposal would continue to fund student programs, including driver’s education, agriculture, STEM, College Art, Project Lead The Way (in partnership with Frankfort-Schuyler CSD), and VP TECH.
The proposal would also allow for expanded community use of facilities, and would increase the use of BOCES-aided shared personnel to cut costs.
A May 27 budget hearing will be viewable by livestream.
All voting will take place exclusively by absentee ballot, due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Ballots will be mailed to qualified voters within the district. 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. Voters who do not receive a ballot, but believe they are a qualified voter, are asked to contact the District Office at (315) 866-2230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019-20 operating budget
The operating budget for 2019-20 totals $24,210,000 as approved by voters in 2019. The budget for 2019-20 reduced overall spending by 3.9% and carried a tax levy increase of 2.26% (less than the district’s tax levy limit of 2.3%).
2019-20 Budget Highlights
- Budget total: $24,2100,000
- Program budget 2019-20: $17,699,000
- Capital Budget 2019-20: $4,231,000
- Administrative Budget 2019-20: $2,280,000
- State aid total: $13,874,000
- Local tax levy: $9,045,000
- Tax levy increase: 2.26%
- Tax levy limit: 2.3%