On May 20, 2020, the Board of Education of the Enlarged City School District of Middletown approved the proposed 2020-21 budget of $199,995,618. This budget, which now goes before voters on June 9, is below the state-mandated tax cap for taxpayers. It calls for a 1 percent tax levy increase, and would represent a 1.97 percent increase from the 2019-20 budget. Middletown's tax cap levy maximum is 3.66 percent for 2020-21, and this proposed budget falls well below that.
Budget timeline 2020-21
May 11: Deadline for candidates to file nominations. Info to NTS to send out postcards
May 12: First advertisement runs in the Times Herald-Record
May 13: Postcards are sent out (NTS)
May 19: Second advertisement runs in the Times Herald-Record
May 20: Board of Education adopts budget at the virtual BOE meeting, 6 p.m. SEE THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION OF THE PROPOSED BUDGET
May 21: Business office must transmit property tax report card to SED
May 23: Mail absentee ballots (NTS)
May 26: Voter registration from noon-4 p.m. at the Board of Education office. Military ballots must be sent out.
May 28: Virtual budget hearing at BOE meeting, 6 p.m. CLICK HERE AND SUBMIT A QUESTION.
June 1: Deadline for mailing Budget Notice (BOCES)
June 2: Virtual "Meet the Candidates" night, 6 p.m. This event can be watched on this website. The Board of Education candidates, in alphabetical order, are: Kevin Gomez, Russell Hammond, Nicole Hewson, Freddie Williams Jr., Kishia Zucks. CLICK HERE AND SUBMIT A QUESTION.
June 9: Budget vote and Board of Education election
June 10: BOE meeting to accept results
2020-21 BUDGET VOTE AND BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION
When: June 9.
The voting process: This will be an all-absentee vote, and the ballots will be mailed home to registered voters. The ballot must be returned by 5 p.m. on June 9 for it to be counted. Ballots postmarked on June 9, but that come in later, will not count. Voting only takes about five minutes. You will vote yes or no for the proposed 2020-21 budget. You also will elect three candidates to the nine-member Board of Education. Each seat carries a three-year term, which begins in July. The candidates are, in alphabetical order, Kevin Gomez, Russell Hammond, Nicole Hewson, Freddie Williams Jr., Kishia Zucks. CLICK HERE AND LEARN ABOUT THE CANDIDATES.
A local board of education is an agency of New York State that is governed by New York State law and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.
Questions: For budget-related questions, please call the business office at (845) 326-1195. Direct voting questions to (845) 326-1196.
Assistant Superintendent Michael Tuttle
2020-21 BUDGET PRESENTATIONS
(Held during school board meetings)
Feb. 6: Administrative component of the proposed 2020-21 budget. SEE THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION. WATCH ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT MICHAEL TUTTLE'S PRESENTATION.
Feb. 20: Instructional component of the proposed 2020-21 budget. SEE THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION. WATCH ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT MICHAEL TUTTLE'S PRESENTATION.
Mar. 5: Capital and Benefits component of the proposed 2020-21 budget. SEE THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION. WATCH ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT MICHAEL TUTTLE'S PRESENTATION.
Mar. 19: Revenue discussion. SEE THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION.
April 2: Budget review. SEE THE NEW YORK TAX LEVY "CAP" FORMULA.
May 20: Board of Education adopts budget. SEE THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
June 9: Budget vote/BOE election