2020 Budget Vote and BOE Election

Ballot Box Drop Off Times

Wednesday, June 3: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, June 4: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday, June 5:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, June 6:  8:00  AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, June 7:  CLOSED
Monday, June 8:   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, June 9: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Ballot Box Locations: 

VCSD Administration: 944 NY-17K, Montgomery, NY 12549
Valley Central High School: 1175 NY-17K, Montgomery, NY 12549
Valley Central Middle School: 1189 NY-17K, Montgomery, NY 12549
Berea Elementary: 946 NY-17K, Montgomery, NY 12549
East Coldenham Elementary: 286 NY-17K, Newburgh, NY 12550
Montgomery Elementary: 141 Union St, Montgomery, NY 12549
Walden Elementary: 75 Orchard St, Walden, NY 12586
Alternative Learning Center: 120 Broadway, Maybrook, NY 12543

: Ballots must be received by the District by 5:00 PM on June 9, 2020.  Ballots may be returned by mail, or may be dropped off at the district’s Ballot Box locations during the schedule above.  Masks must be worn if a voter chooses to  drop off a ballot in accordance with the Governor’s order regarding face masks.   

June 2: The Valley Central School District was able to have all the materials for the absentee ballots printed and assembled by the end of the day on June 1 and ballots are beings mailed early morning June 2, 2020.  To ensure voters are able to return the ballots to meet the state’s deadline for the election of June 9, 2020  by 5pm, we have put supervised, locked ballot boxes boxes are located in all eight of our buildings.  Voters may mail the ballots back to the district or drop them off at a ballot box, if they prefer. 

May 30: The Valley Central School District and many other school districts across New York State have been working with third party companies to print and mail voter absentee ballots for the 2020-2021 school budget vote and Board of Education election.  The company handling a number of district’s mailings, including Valley Central’s informed us last night that the VCSD mailing has been delayed.  Valley Central is currently working assiduously to ensure this problem is resolved in a timely manner.

This information is of great concern to us a district and to you as voters. We will be setting up locked ballot-boxes for your votes at each of our school buildings, including ALC. If you feel your mailed vote will not reach us in time for the June 9th deadline, we urge you to use the drop box location closest to you.

Any questions you have may be directed to the District Clerk at 845-457-2400 ext. 18511 or emailed to ellen.mcgoldrick@vcsdny.org.

School Addresses

Valley Central High School: 1175 NY-17K, Montgomery, NY 12549
Valley Central Middle School: 1189 NY-17K, Montgomery, NY 12549
Berea Elementary: 946 NY-17K, Montgomery, NY 12549
East Coldenham Elementary: 286 NY-17K, Newburgh, NY 12550
Montgomery Elementary: 141 Union St, Montgomery, NY 12549
Walden Elementary: 75 Orchard St, Walden, NY 12586
Alternative Learning Center: 120 Broadway, Maybrook, NY 12543

Budget Hearing: June 1 to be Livestreamed at 6PM

On Monday, June 1, 2020,  the Valley Central Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the budget. Since our meetings have become all virtual and live-streamed, the community won’t be able to attend in person, but we have devised two ways that the community can participate in this public hearing. This hearing will be live-streamed on our Youtube channel.

 The Budget Hearing Question/Statement Form allows you to either ask a question or make a statement. If you have a question to ask or a statement to make, please fill out the form and it will be read during the meeting.  As is required during in-person public hearings, speakers will be required to state their name and address.

On the night of the hearing, a phone number   will be displayed during the live- stream meeting which you may call during the hearing if you have a question or comment. As is required during in-person public hearings, speakers will be required to state their name and address.

More information about the budget can be found here:  Budget Information

Budget Vote: June 9 via Mail

The date of the vote is June 9, 2020, and will be conducted by absentee ballot by executive order of Governor Andrew Cuomo. There will be no in-person voting permitted. Ballots must be received at Central Office by 5:00 PM. 

All eligible voters will be mailed an absentee ballot with a postage-paid return envelope. No absentee ballot application is required.

Voter Qualifications:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are at least eighteen years old by June 9, 2020
  • Have been a resident of the school district for the past 30 days
  • Not otherwise ineligible to vote under Section 5-106 of the Election Law
  • Registered with the School District and/or County Board of Elections (see above)

    Board of Education Candidates

There are three candidates for two Board of Education seats, both of which are for a three-year term.  The candidates, as they will appear on the  ballot, are:

Joseph Bond
Katie McKnight
Sheila Schwartz


Proposed Budget 2020-21

Please also see our BUDGET Webpage

Budget Highlights

Proposed Budget $108,429,011
Spending Increase: $1,607,011 or 1.5%
Tax Levy Increase: $1,763,786 or 2.86%

VCSD budget history can be found here.  

How we Budget our Dollars 

Program: 83%
Capital: 9%
Administrative: 8%

Source of Funds

On April 1, 2020, the NYS Legislature passed a budget that froze state aid for the 2020-21 budget.  Because some state aid is tied to the previous year’s expenditure, the District is estimating a significant reduction in state aid  next year, mostly in the category of transportation aid.  The estimate of this reduction amounts to  $1,662,338.

To make up for the this reduction, fund balance will be appropriated.  With the current school closure, there are various 2019-20 expenditures that will not be fully incurred creating a savings. In the 2020-21 Budget, the needed increase in fund balance will come from these savings. 

State Aid: 33%
Tax Levy: 58%
Other: 9%

The Bottom Line on Tax Impact 

The following reflects the estimated increase in school taxes under the proposed tax levy increase of 2.86%. This would be the average cost to taxpayers based on the proposed tax levy. 

This is broken down into three categories; a Senior Citizen homeowner receiving Enhanced STAR (based on a $69,800 equalized value exemption), a homeowner receiving STAR (based on a $30,000 equalized value exemption), and a homeowner without STAR (usually the case for a non-primary residence)

This estimate for illustrative purposes only and is an estimation based on full equalized value . 

Senior/STAR

Full Value:  $200,000 l Month increase $6.83 l Annual Increase $82
                       $300,000 l Month increase $12.08 l Annual Increase $145
                       $400,000 l Month increase $17.33 l Annual Increase $208

STAR

Full Value:  $200,000 l Month increase $8.92 l Annual Increase $107
                       $300,000 l Month increase $14.17 l Annual Increase $170
                       $400,000 l Month increase $19.42 l Annual Increase $233

No STAR

Full Value:  $200,000 l Month increase $10.50 l Annual Increase $126
                       $300,000 l Month increase $15.75 l Annual Increase $189
                       $400,000 l Month increase $21.00 l Annual Increase $252

For information on the STAR Program: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/default.htm    

The Valley Central School District offers a Senior Citizen Tax Exemption for senior citizens within a qualifying income range. For more information about applying for this exemption, please contact the Town of Montgomery Assessor’s office.

The Valley Central School District offers a partial Veteran’s Tax Exemption to disabled veterans and veterans who served during wartime or were in combat. For more information about applying for this exemption, please contact the Town of Montgomery Assessor’s office.