2020-21 Budget Development

The school budget vote and board election to be held June 9 by absentee ballot 

Proposed 2020-21 budget information

In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Read more.

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

Proposed 2020-21 budget materials

Also on the ballot

  • Bus proposition of $983,300 to purchase:
    • Four 66-passenger buses
    • Three 66-passenger buses with chains
    • One 60-passenger bus with wheelchair stations and air conditioning
  • Board of Education election of five board members, three 3-year terms and two 1-year terms. Learn more about the Board of Education candidates.

2020-2021 Budget Development Calendar

Below is a timeline leading up to the 2020-21 school budget vote. Get a more expanded timeline and additional information on budget, taxes and voting


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.


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 28

Budget update and summary of results from the budget Thoughexchange on agenda during the 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.


May 11 

Final date for submissions of Board Candidate Petitions. Meet the 2020-21 Board of Education Candidates.

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 27 (tentative)

Absentee Ballots Mailed to Qualified Voters

May 28 (tentative)

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


June 9, Annual Budget Vote & Board of Education Election

There will be no in-person voting. The vote will take place by absentee ballot only. Absentee ballots must be received (not postmarked) no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 9, 2020. Get more information about this year’s voting by absentee ballot.

June 10-12

Budget vote and Election Results (manual counting of ballots; the date when final results are known depends on the number of ballots received).

Opening and counting of ballots will be live-streamed on YouTube.

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