FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
Dear District Residents,
The purpose of this document is to provide the taxpayers of the Copenhagen Central School District with an overview of the proposed school budget for 2021-2022.
The 2021-2022 proposed school budget is $11,674,922, an increase of $467,301, or 4.17%. We are proposing a tax levy increase of 1.0%, or $17,708. We are able to balance the budget by appropriating $781,279 of fund balance. Please refer to page 12 of this document to see a comparison of the tax levy trends for the past fifteen years. We would like to use the remainder of this document to explain highlights of the next fiscal year budget.
This year has continued to be very unique for all of us given the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our district has gone to great lengths to ensure students have remained in our school safely, have had access to social-emotional support, and receive continued educational instruction at the school building.
The economic and logistical effects of the pandemic will continue to present challenges for the district into the 2021-2022 school year. As many of you are very aware, the majority of the revenue of the district is New York State aid. Recent federal legislation has promised to infuse an unprecedented amount of cash flow into education in an attempt to address very targeted initiatives, such as learning loss and social/emotional stress due to the pandemic. It is currently unclear how New York State will distribute these funds, when, and with what stipulations. The news of this legislation is promising and our students stand to benefit a great deal when the funding is received. We are optimistic that the federal funding will reach our books as anticipated. However, due to the uncertainty at this time, we have built our budget responsibly to not plan on the majority of those funds until final, clarifying guidance is provided.
Another budgeting component that is important to be aware of is New York’s property tax cap law, which establishes a tax levy limit for each school district. The tax levy limit allows school districts to increase their property tax levy from one year to the next by two percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less, based on a multi-step formula. In the multi-step formula, school districts must apply inclusions and exclusions within the formula, which may boost the district tax levy limits to more than two percent or the inflation rate. However, such inclusions and exclusions may also reduce the tax cap of the district to figures that are not sustainable or realistic to implement.
The tax cap this year is 2.67%. In lieu of the many challenges that we have all faced, and continue to face as a result of the pandemic, the district has opted to levy considerably less than the district tax cap, at a rate of 1.0%, or a total levy amount of $1,788,462. This minimal tax increase has been factored into the district’s long-term strategic tax cap plan and positions future year tax cap projections to be smooth and level.
In summary, our school district and the Copenhagen community continues to be resilient and persevere in this difficult time. Per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.26 the 2020, Annual Budget Review meeting will be live streamed on our CCS Knights Media Channel on May 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. for the presentation of the budget. There will be a chance to ask questions during that time. The budget vote and election will take place at school on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the gym foyer. If you would like an absentee ballot, please notify the District Clerk.
If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please contact the Superintendent’s office at 315-688-4411.
BOARD OF EDUCATION
COPENHAGEN CENTRAL SCHOOL
2021 - 2022 BUDGET DOCUMENT