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Budget & Finance

School Budget Information

About the Annual School Budget Vote

In New York state, local school boards must annually develop a balanced school budget proposal and put it up for a public vote on the third Tuesday in May. This year's school budget vote is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21.

District expenses may include salaries and benefits, curriculum, staff development, facilities maintenance and operation, transportation and debt service. Revenue includes state funding, federal funding, property taxes and appropriated fund balance.

SchooL Budget Questions & answers

When is the vote?

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2024
  • 1-8 p.m.
  • Hermon-DeKalb Central School - 709 E De Kalb Road in De Kalb Junction.

How can I learn more about the proposed 2024-25 budget?

The public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. at Hermon-DeKalb Central School Library.

A community budget newsletter will be mailed to district residents in May.

Voter Information


To be eligible to vote, you must be:

  • a citizen of the U.S.
  • at least 18 years of age
  • a legal resident of the district at least 30 days prior to the vote
  • registered to vote in the general election or at a previous district special registration


If you are not a registered voter for the general election through the county, you may register specifically with the Hermon-DeKalb Central School District for school votes only by contacting the district clerk.

Can I vote early or by absentee ballot?

Absentee ballot voting is available. The new Early Mail Voter Act effective Jan. 1, 2024, also allows for early voting via mail without any reasons needed for voting early. You must fill out an application to vote by early voting or absentee ballot. There are separate applications for voting by early voting or absentee ballot, but the application process and deadlines are the same for both.

To obtain an application or for more information, call the district office at 315-347-3442.

If you would like a ballot mailed to you, your application must be received by 5 p.m. on May 14, 2024 (seven days prior to the budget vote). If you plan to pick up your ballot, your application must be received by 5 p.m. on May 20, 2024 (one day prior to the vote). The completed ballot must be received by 5 p.m. on May 21, 2024 (the day of the vote).

Prior Budget Vote Results