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Budget / Tax

2022-23 School Budget

East Greenbush Central School District residents approved all three propositions on this year’s Budget Vote and Board Election ballot, including a $104,840,470 budget for the 2022-23 school year, the purchase of eight school buses from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund and the establishment of a new Capital Reserve Fund. More information.

Proposition #1: School Budget for 2022-23
Yes: 983
No: 175

Proposition #2: School Buses from Reserve Fund
Yes: 1,012
No: 140

Proposition #3: Establishment of New Capital Reserve Fund
Yes: 985
No: 166

Board of Education Election
All three candidates on the ballot have been elected to three-year terms.

Jennifer O’Brien: 968
Michele Skumurski: 961
Emily Steinbach: 901
Write-In: 28

2021-22 School Budget

  • Budget total: $103,535,117
  • Tax levy increase: 0.0%

2021 School Tax Bills

Tax bills for 2021 were mailed on September 15, 2021. The tax collection period is September 15, 2021 to October 15, 2021, without payment of a penalty.

If you have questions about your tax bill, please contact the Tax Office at 518-207-2542.

Overview of the Budget Process

Budget development starts in October when the Board of Education adopts a budget calendar. The Board also provides input to the administration on budget objectives and sets general parameters for the process.

The administration then prepares a budget with principals, department chairs and supervisors. Preliminary budgets are presented in March. The school board devotes time to budget development at its regular business meetings.

Administrators work to refine their numbers as more accurate cost estimates and enrollment figures are received during this period, and as Board members ask them to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of providing a service in a different way.

Throughout the winter and spring, school board members and administrators are also monitoring budget activity at the state level. School board members and administrators are in frequent contact with local legislators to inform them how various state funding proposals will affect East Greenbush schools.

The administration also looks at internal and external factors that are likely to have the greatest impact on the next year’s budget. Such factors may include rising prices for fuel or health insurance.

In late March/early April (depending on state budget developments), the Board of Education votes on a proposed budget. A newsletter describing the budget is then printed and mailed to all district homes. A copy of the proposed budget broken down by line items is also available in late April at the main office of each school building, district office, public library and district website.

The public vote on the proposed budget is held by law on the third Tuesday in May, which will be May 17, 2022.

Budget Issues

Click on the links below to learn more about budget issues affecting our schools.

Board Policies

  • 1050 (Annual District Election and Budget Vote)
  • 6100 (Annual Budget)
  • 6110 (Budget Planning)
  • 6110-R (Budget Planning Regulation)
  • 6120 (Budget Hearing)