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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.

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.

The polling location is typically in the Hermon-DeKalb Central School Cafeteria.

SchooL Budget Questions & answers

Voter Information

Eligibility

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

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.  

Absentee Ballot

If a voter wishes to receive an absentee ballot by mail, a written application must be submitted to the district clerk on a form provided by the clerk a week before the vote. If a voter wishes to pick up an absentee ballot personally, the application must be received by the clerk at least one day before the election. Persons designated by the St. Lawrence County Board of Elections as “permanently disabled” pursuant to the provisions of the election law will automatically receive an absentee ballot.

The absentee ballot must be filed with the district clerk by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the vote.

Prior Budget Vote Results

May 2023

Hermon-DeKalb voters approve $14.26 million budget, elect three board members

On May 16, Hermon-DeKalb Central School District voters approved the district’s $14.26 million 2023-24 budget proposal, elected three board of education members and approved the purchase of two school buses. The budget proposition passed 160 to 24.

District-related propositions

  • A $14,262,451 budget for the 2023-24 school year that increases spending 5.2% ($705,326) and carries a tax levy increase of 1.90%: 160 yes; 24 no
  • Purchasing two new school buses at a total cost not to exceed $370,000: 158 yes; 25 no

Board of Education Election

Four candidates sought election to three open board of education seats.

Two terms will last five years, expiring June 30, 2028:

  • Michael Robinson : 138 votes
  • Ross Putman: 136 votes

One term will last two years, expiring June 30, 2025:

  • John Wright: 105 votes

The terms all begin July 1, 2023.

Library proposition

Hepburn Library of Hermon tax collection, $10,000 annually: 143 yes; 42 no

New York state education law allows libraries to place a funding proposition on school district ballots and requires school districts, at the libraries’ request, to levy and collect taxes for libraries. The Hepburn Library of Hermon is a separate legal entity from the school district, with its own funding and budget.

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