2021 - 2022 Budget Information
Each spring the Board of Education adopts a spending plan for the coming school year, which is then put forward for a community vote usually on the third Tuesday in May.
The 21-22 Budget Vote passed May 18, 2021 with 81% support: 480 votes in favor and 113 opposed. The bus proposition to purchase 6 buses passed with 85% support: Yes 498, No 88
Board of Education candidates: Both incumbents ran unopposed and were re-elected: Lori Aird & Susan Cain.
Information on the 2021-2022 budget is below
The 2021-22 budget supports the importance of a safe, healthy environment for learning by providing resources for returning our buildings to full capacity.
The final NYS state budget included a combination of federal stimulus funding and an increase in various state revenues raised state education aid over 2020-21 levels for all school districts. Foundation Aid is a formula-driven, unrestricted state aid category created to support general public school district expenditures. The state budget includes a plan to fully phase-in Foundation Aid, reaching full funding in 2023-24.
ESM’s $88,012,248 approved 2021-22 budget reflects careful stewardship and investment of enhanced state resources. This includes a minor $100,000 capital project to replace cooler condensing units and a chemical neutralization system in the CHS science wing. The budget also includes new debt service for Phase I of the Elementary Objective Capital Project, which is fully offset by a corresponding increase in state Building Aid. Without Debt Service and Interfund Transfers, the net budget increase for general operating costs is 3.4%.
On a home assessed at $100,000:
- The overall tax bill increase for 2021-22 after the Basic STAR exemption would be approximately $27.74 annually.
- For senior citizens with Enhanced STAR, the tax bill would increase an estimated $11.97 for 2021-22.
- In general, the tax increase equates to approximately 40 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value annually.
The state calculates a property tax cap for each district. ESM is under its tax cap with an estimated tax levy increase of 2.6%. However, the net taxpayer impact of the tax levy increase is actually just 1.36%. ESM receives revenue from Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreements. Because several businesses/organizations have PILOTs ending in 2021-22, those properties will no longer pay PILOT to the district and will instead transition to paying the district via property taxes. This shift accounts for the greatest portion of the tax levy increase.
We sincerely thank our ESM community for your continued engagement and support for the education of our youth.
In developing a budget, the district observes the following guiding principles:
- Align resources with Strategic Plan
- Unrelenting focus on student learning PK-12
- Support all curricular areas
- Sustain a safe, healthy learning environment
- Refine and expand Career Pathways
- Strengthen and further develop systems & structures to support priorities
- Build professional capacity
- Demonstrate commitment to long-range planning and fiscal stewardship