Brighton School Budget and Board Candidate Vote is May 21
Qualified residents of the Brighton Central School District will vote on the next year’s school budget along with other items on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Brighton High School, 1150 Winton Road South.
The budget proposition would authorize the appropriation of $81,857,906 to meet estimated school district expenditures for the 2019-20 school year. This represents an increase of 4.5% compared to the 2018-19 Adopted Budget. This consists of 2.9% for operations and 1.6% for capital related to the 2017 Brighton Facilities Improvement Plan.
Adoption of this budget would result in an anticipated tax levy increase of 4.89%, which is over the property tax cap as calculated in accordance with Chapter 97 of the Laws of New York. Consequently, some of our homeowners that were eligible for the property tax relief credit in 2018-19 will not be eligible for the credit with this proposal. The STAR tax exemption savings would not be impacted.
Voters will elect two members to the Board of Education. There are currently four candidates: Andrea Costanza, Heather Coyne, Karen Hatch, and Audrey Sowell.
There will also be two additional propositions on the ballot. Voters will be asked to authorize the withdrawal of funds from voter-approved capital reserve accounts to pay for capital expenditures for which the fund was specifically established.
Proposition #1 Capital Reserve Fund (General) Withdrawal of $3,000,000: Reauthorizes additional spending for the construction of alterations, renovations and improvements to each of the District’s existing school buildings and facilities related to the Brighton Facilities Improvement Plan approved in May 2017. Approval of this proposition would not increase the current budget or proposed tax levy.
Proposition #2 Capital Reserve Fund (Technology) Withdrawal of $500,000: Transfer to the General Fund to expend for computer-related equipment and technology-related infrastructure. Approval of this proposition would not increase the proposed tax levy.
In order to vote, a person must be a resident of the Brighton Central School District for at least 30 days immediately preceding the vote, and must be at least 18 years of age and a citizen of the United States. No registration is required, but prospective voters should bring one proof of residency such as a driver's license or non-driver’s ID.
District to Host Budget Open Houses
Have questions? Need answers? Would you like to know more about the Brighton Central School District’s 2019-20 proposed school budget before the May 21st vote?
We’d love to tell you more about the process and the particulars.
Budget open houses are informal times when the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and Board of Education members will be available to answer any questions you might have. Please consider stopping by the Board of Education room (2035 Monroe Ave.) at any of the times listed below. There won’t be a formal program, so feel free to stop in when it works best for you. We’ll simply be there to answer your questions, provide you with information, and hear your thoughts.
2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 25
7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25
5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30
10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 2
3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 7
6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8
6 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 13
2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 14
10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 20
School Budget 2019-20 Informational Meetings and Community Budget Forums
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Board of Education Meeting and Budget Hearing
Administration Building, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
School Board Candidate and Budget Vote
1150 Winton Road South, Brighton High School, Lower Level
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
2019-20 Budget Adoption Presentation