Budget Information

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Budget Vote Results

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hudson City School District voters approved the district's $46,566,172 budget for the 2017-18 school year with 346 in favor and 155 opposed. Voters also approved Proposition 2 (land donation to the City of Hudson) by 426 yes votes to 73 no votes. In the Board of Education election, incumbent Carrie Otty received 419 votes to 17 write-ins. Thank you to everyone who voted.

2017-18 Budget Information

2017-18 Budget Newsletter (PDF) May 1, 2017

2017-18 Budget Newsletter (HTML; easy Google translation for more than 90 languages)

Budget Fast Facts (PDF)

2017-18 Budget Development Timeline (PDF) Updated March 29, 2017

Notice of Public Hearing (PDF)

Important Dates

(past dates below; a full, printable budget calendar is available here)

Tuesday, May 16 from 12 noon-9 p.m. ***VOTE*** PROPOSED 2017-2018 BUDGET AND SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS (12 noon to 9 p.m.)

Voting Information

Visit the Voting Information page to learn about voter registration, absentee ballots and polling locations.

There will be a Voter Regsitration Day on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. at John L. Edwards Primary School.

Budget Committee Members

Willette Jones
Carrie Otty

Board of Education Candidates

The district has one (1) Board vacancy on the 2017-18 budget ballot. It is a three-year term, effective July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020.

Carrie Otty, the current Board of Education President, is running for re-election. No one else picked up a petition so she is the only candidate on this year’s ballot. Taxpayers may either vote for Mrs. Otty or write in a candidate of choice who resides within the HCSD. Click here to learn more about Carrie Otty.

What You'll See on the Ballot

The May 2017 budget ballot will include the Board of Education election and a proposition for the proposed 2017-2018 school budget.

The ballot will also include a proposition to authorize the Hudson City School District to donate a small corner of land behind John L. Edwards Primary School to the City of Hudson for the purpose of building sidewalks. The City would maintain the sidewalks and the school district would implement a pedestrian safety curriculum. The land touches the Dugway Road bike path (see shaded area on map):

black and white map show 1521 square foot area behind primary school

Why Isn't the Tax Cap Really 2 Percent?

Ever wonder why New York’s Property Tax Cap isn’t really a 2% cap even though elected officials often call it that? Here is a 4-minute video that explains how New York State uses a formula to determine each school district's tax cap number, which rarely works out to 2 percent.

Budget News

A budget aimed at improving student supports, programming (Dr. Suttmeier's column, 5/9/2017)

State funding helps Hudson propose new teachers, staff (Columbia Paper, 4/17/2017)

Hudson offers $46.3M preliminary school district budget (Register-Star, 3/29/2017)

Past Meetings and Events

Monday, February 27 – 6:30-7 p.m. - Community Budget Workshop in the High School Library

Monday, March 13 – 6:30-7 p.m. - Budget Workshop/Special Education presentation in the High School Library

Monday, March 27 – 6:30-7 p.m. - Board of Education Budget Committee hosts Community Budget Workshop, prior to BOE Meeting in High School Library during which the BOE will review and modify the proposed budget

Monday, April 10 – 7 p.m. - BUDGET WORKSHOP in High School Library – Final draft of proposed budget presented to Board of Education for final approval and adoption for the public

Wednesday, April 19 – 4-8 p.m. - Voter Registration at John L. Edwards Primary School

Wednesday, April 26 – 6:30-7 p.m. - Nominating petitions for open Board of Education seats due in District Office by 4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 8 – 7 p.m. - PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED BUDGET in the Senior High School Library


Past Budgets

2016-17 Budget Information

2016-17 Budget Newsletter
2016-17 REVISED Budget Notice
2016-17 Proposed Budget Book
One-Page Budget Fast Facts
Notice of budget hearing, annual meeting and election
2016-17 Budget Presentation (March 28, 2016)
2016-17 Budget Development Timeline
2016-17 Tax Levy Calculation and Preliminary Budget

HCSD proposed 2016-17 budget

(May 17, 2016) -- District voters approved the proposed budget (421 in favor, 220 opposed).

(May 23, 2016) -- Board of Education candidates Linda Hopkins and Sumayyah Shabazz have been elected to the Hudson CSD school board. Based on the number of votes for each candidate, Hopkins received the 5-year term (with 483 votes) and Shabazz received the 3-year term (with 411 votes). The third, partial-term seat was awarded to write-in candidate Willette Jones (93 votes).

Click here to meet the new Board of Education members

Meetings Open to the Public

Monday, May 9, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED BUDGET in the High School Library

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. - Community Budget Forum in the JLE cafeteria

Previous meeting dates/times listed below.

Budget Committee Members

William Kappel
David Kisselburgh
Carrie Otty

BOE Candidates

Meet the BOE Candidates

The district has three (3) Board vacancies, two (2) full term seats (one to be effective 05/17/2016 and one to be effective 06/30/2016) and one partial term seat (effective 05/17/2016 through 06/30/2018).

Click here for information about voting for "write-in" candidates (or download the PDF)

Budget News

Helping voters understand the district budget (Dr. Suttmeier's monthly column, 5/10/16)
Despite aid cuts, Hudson schools budget plans more staff (Columbia Paper, 4/30/16)
Infamous Gap Elimination Adjustment eliminated (Register Star, 4/16/16)
In-Depth: Schools worry about program cuts amid record low tax cap (WNYT, 3/10/16)
School districts brace for low tax cap (Register Star, 2/11/16)
Leaders discuss education issues (Questar III, 1/22/16)
Area schools miffed by tighter tax cap (Register Star, 1/22/16)
Overview of Capital Region School Districts' Legislative Priorities (December 2015)

Is there a property tax freeze credit this year?

The New York State Executive Budget (passed in April 2016) includes the STAR Property Tax Rebate Law, which replaces the more well-known property tax freeze credit that provided property tax rebate checks to eligible taxpayers in 2014 and 2015. This tax relief program reimburses qualifying homeowners for increases in local property taxes in districts that remain within the NYS Property Tax Cap and meet efficiency requirements, both of which have been achieved by Hudson CSD. This rebate applies to the years 2016 through 2019.

Because the District is tax cap compliant, some taxpayers will be eligible for the rebate. To qualify for this tax rebate, homeowners must already receive the STAR Property Tax Exemption. Taxpayers who receive the STAR exemption and make less than $200,000 a year should receive a rebate check for $185 from New York State in the Fall (in accordance with the NYS Executive Budget passed in April). The property must be the homeowner’s primary residence and the total household income must be $200,000 or less.

For information about the program, please visit the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance’s website.

Learn more about “Mandate Relief”


Previous Meetings

Monday, March 28, 2016 – 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. BOE Budget Committee will host a Community Budget Workshop in the High School Library, prior to Board of Education meeting (Topic TBD)

Monday, March 28, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING in the High School Library, during which the BOE will review and modify the proposed budget

Monday, April 11, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING in the High School Library

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING in the High School Library to approve proposed budget and adopt for the public