RCS District Office
P.O. Box 100
15 Mountain Road
Ravena, NY 12143
(518) 756-5200
Robert K. Libby,
Superintendent

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 2017-18 School Budget Newsletter

Residents to decide on $45.8 million budget proposal

On Tuesday, May 16, residents of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District will head to the polls to vote on a proposed $45,829,423 budget for the 2017-18 school year. The proposal calls for a 2.99 percent spending increase and a tax levy increase of 1.25 percent, which is the district’s calculated tax levy “cap.” A simple majority of voters (50 percent plus one) is required for budget approval.
If the proposed spending plan is approved by voters, RCS would continue all current programs and services for students. This includes an array of academic opportunities from
career and technological education to college and advanced placement, as well as a host of counseling and academic intervention services, and co-curricular and athletic programs.
The proposed budget would also allow the district to expand on its initiative to offer students greater access to instructional technologies to prepare students for the demands of an increasingly digital world.
While building the budget, district leaders focused on creating an effective and efficient plan that would support students, staff and the community.
One noticeable difference for taxpayers will be increased tax rates for the 2017-18 year, due to a lowered tax assessment for local business Selkirk Cogen. The district does not control home or business assessments, however, taxes collected from those assessments act as revenue for the district.

Lowered assessment for Selkirk Cogen to affect RCS homeowners

This winter, the Town of Bethlehem reached a settlement for a tax assessment reduction for Selkirk Cogen Partners, LP, a natural gas-fired cogeneration facility located in Selkirk.
The company challenged its tax assessments for 2015, 2016 and 2017, which stood at roughly $100 million in 2015. [read more]

What's on the ballot:

2017-18 proposed budget approved by RCS BOE

On Tuesday, April 18, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Board of Education (BOE) approved the proposed $45,829,423 budget for the 2017-18 school year. The proposal calls for a 2.99 percent spending increase and a tax levy increase of 1.25 percent, which is the district’s calculated tax levy “cap.” A simple majority of voters (50 percent plus one) is required for budget approval. [read more]

2017-18 School Budget

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk residents will consider a school budget proposal for the 2017-18 school year on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Before the vote, the RCS Board of Education will work with district and school leaders to develop a budget proposal informed by the district's mission, educational goals, fiscal challenges and opportunities.

For updates on the school budget development process, visit this Web page throughout the spring or attend an upcoming Board of Education meeting.

Full 2017-18 Budget Calendar and Budget Presentations

Governor outlines school aid proposal and educational initiatives in Executive Budget Proposal

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal on Tuesday, Jan. 17, that includes a $1 billion increase in overall funding for the state’s schools in the 2017-18 school year. The governor’s plan includes targeted funding to support high-need districts with community schools, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs, and discontinuing the use of the original Foundation Aid Formula in determining future state aid increases. [read more]

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You can check out your school tax bill at this link. Search by owner's name, street name or tax map # - http://tax.neric.org/Search.aspx?district=012402

 

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2017-18 dates to remember

May 16 - statewide school budget vote. Voting will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the RCS high school gym.

 

General Budget Information

What’s on the ballot:
Proposed budget: $45.8 million
Budget increase: +$1,328,892 (2.99%)
Estimated tax levy increase: 1.25%

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