Budget & Taxes

2021-22 School Budget Development Information.

View a timeline of budget development for the 2021-22 school year.

GCSD Residents Approve 2020-21 Budget, Bus Proposition and Elect Five Board Members.

Guilderland Central School District residents voted by absentee ballot and approved the proposed $103 million budget for the 2020-21 school year with 4,906 yes votes and 2,524 no votes; this is a passing margin of 66 percent. This budget represents an increase in spending of $925,320 or 0.91 percent over the current year and will result in a 2.25 percent tax levy increase, meaning the district did not exceed its tax cap. Tax rates are estimated to increase by 2.25 percent for residents of the Town of Guilderland.

Voters also approved a $983,300 proposition to purchase four 66-passenger buses, three 66-passenger buses with chains, and one 60-passenger bus with wheelchair stations and air conditioning, with 4,681 yes votes and 2,729 no votes. Five GCSD Board of Education members were elected.

2020-2021 budget information

  • Total Budget: $103,032,695
  • Spending Increase: $925,320 (0.91%)
  • Tax Levy Increase: $1,652,054 (2.25%)

2020-21 budget materials

    2019-20 Budget Numbers 

    On Tuesday, May 21, Guilderland Central School District residents approved the budget for the 2019-20 school year by a vote of 2705 (yes) to 1414 (no).

    • Budget total: $102,107,375
    • Spending increase from 2018-19: 1.17%
    • Tax levy increase: 1.44%

    Voters also approved a revised capital construction project proposition for $30,926,000, as well as a $939,400 bus and equipment proposition, and elected three members to the Board of Education.

    Read more about the 2019-20 budget.

    2020-21 Budget Development

    Below is a timeline leading up to the 2020-21 school budget vote.

    Oct. – Dec. 2019 | Jan. – March 2020 | April 2020 | May 2020 | June 2020

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    Oct. – Jan.

    Review of the budget calendar with principals and Board of Education. District Administration meets with building administrators and supervisors and reviews last year’s projections and current status of staffing and program. Enrollment projections for the coming year are developed and shared with principals.

    Oct. 29

    Public input for budget development.

    Nov. & Dec.

    Building and department level budgets developed.  Instructional and facility needs are addressed at this stage including staffing recommendations, equipment recommendations and priority supplies and services all based on program justification.

    Dec. 10

    Board direction for budget development.

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    Dec. – Jan. 

    District Administration review of staffing, equipment and facilities requests following meetings with building principals and selected staff.  This process involves a thorough review of enrollment projections, class size, and staffing levels for both professional and operational needs.

    Jan. – Feb.

    Community Engagement.


    March 10

    Superintendent’s Draft Budget Presentation to the Board of Education and Community.

    On March 10, the Guilderland CSD administration presented a $103.5 million draft budget proposal that included a number of cost-saving measures, including changes to staffing, to limit expenses in the 2020-21 school year. The draft budget presented to the board of education also stayed within the district’s maximum allowable tax levy limit of 2.25%, set by a formula prescribed by the state.

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    April 2

    Board of Education Budget Work Session.

    On Thursday, April 2, 2020, the Guilderland Central School District Board of Education held a budget workshop to consider additional reductions to the 2020-2021 spending plan in light of new fiscal challenges facing the state as a result of the continuing COVID-19 health crisis. The updated draft budget proposal of $103.1 million was still within the district’s maximum allowable tax levy limit of 2.25%.

    April 2-24

    Invitation to the community to participate in a Thoughtexchange to add input and rate thoughts about the proposed budget for 2020-2021 school year. 

    April 3 (postponed)

    Legal publication of proposed budget vote date. (Typically 45 days prior to vote.)

    April 13- June (postponed)

    Budget discussions throughout the district.  Included are meetings with the PTA organizations, civic organizations, neighborhood associations, senior citizens, and other groups interested in obtaining more information and a better understanding of the school budget.

    April 20 (postponed to May 11)

    Final date for submissions of Board Candidate Petitions. (Typically 30 days prior to vote.)

    April 23-27 (postponed)

    Publication and printing of the budget newsletter for home distribution.

    April 28

    Budget update and summary of results from the 2020-21 Budget Thoughexchange during a regular Board of Education Meeting

    During the meeting, information was shared about the 2020-2021 school budget vote and budget timelines (what is known and what is still forthcoming). In light of New York State’s deteriorating finances due to COVID-19, school districts across the state continue to face uncertainty. School leaders are bracing for the likelihood of additional reductions in state aid for the 2020-2021 school year.

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    May 1 (postponed)

    Mailing of the budget newsletter to homes.

    May 11

    Final date for submissions of the Board Candidate Petitions. 

    Voters in the Guilderland Central School District will also elect five members of the Board of Education (three vacancies of 3-year terms, and two vacancies of 1-year terms) by absentee ballot this year. The governor’s executive order waived the minimum signature threshold for Board of Education candidate petitions. Candidates must meet all of the other requirements to run for the Board. 

    The order also explains that petitions were by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 11. 

    May 12

    Board of education budget discussion during the regular GCSD Board of Education meeting. The board heard more about the June 9 budget vote and election process and timeline, in addition to adjustments to the proposed 2020-21 spending plan. 

    May 18, Budget Adoption

    Board formally adopts the proposed budget.

    May 22

    Property Tax Report submissions to NYS Education Department

    May 26, Budget Hearing

    Budget hearing as part of the regular BOE meeting at 7 p.m.

    May 29

    Absentee Ballots Mailed to Qualified Voters

    May 29

    2020-21 budget notice and budget snapshot postcard mailed to district households.

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    June 9, Hand-Delivered Absentee Ballots are Due to the District’s Secure Dropbox by 5 p.m.

    There will be no in-person voting. The vote will take place by absentee ballot only.

    June 16, Absentee Ballots are Due to the District via the US Mail, NO Later Than 5 p.m.

     After June 9, absentee ballots must be received (not postmarked) by the district via mail, no later than 5:00 p.m.  More information about this year’s voting by absentee ballot.

    June 17, Budget Vote and Election Results

    The manual counting of ballots starts at 8 a.m. The date of when final results are known depends on the number of ballots received.

    June 17 opening and counting of ballots will be live-streamed on YouTube.

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