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.
If the proposed spending plan is approved by voters on Tuesday, May 16, 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.
2017-18 Budget Vote:
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
RCS High School gym, 2025 Route 9W, Ravena
What’s on the ballot:
Proposed budget: $45.8 million
Budget increase: +$1,328,892 (2.99%)
Estimated tax levy increase: 1.25%