Budget & Taxes

Developing the annual school budget proposal is a year-round process that involves the Watervliet Board of Education, as well as district and school leaders.

On the third Tuesday of each May, that process culminates when residents go to the polls to vote on a school budget proposal for the following year and to elect Board of Education members.

2024-25 School Budget Vote

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 is the date of the 2024-25 School Budget Vote and Board of Education Election. The polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please mark your calendars and be sure to vote! 

Opportunities to learn about the school budget

We encourage families, staff and community members to attend presentations to learn more about the proposed 2024-25 school budget prior to casting your ballot. Budget presentations will take place on the following dates:

  • March 6 — 6:30 p.m. — PTA meeting, WES cafeteria
  • March 12 — 6 p.m. — BOE meeting, WJSHS conference room
  • March 26 — 6 p.m. — Community Budget Workshop, WJSHS conference room
  • April 9 — 6 p.m. — *BOE meeting,  WJSHS conference room
    • *The Board of Education is expected to adopt the proposed 2024-25 school budget
  • May 7 — 6 p.m. — BOE meeting and Public Budget Hearing,  WJSHS conference room

    Voter Information

    Looking for information on absentee ballots, polling locations and voter registration? Visit our voter information page.

2023-24 School Budget at a Glance

  • Budget Total: $37,759,000
  • Spending Increase: 11.9 percent (or $4 million)
  • Tax Levy Increase: 2.13 percent

2022-23 School Budget at a Glance

  • Budget Total: $33,736,000
  • Spending Increase: 10.7 percent (or $3.27 million)
  • Tax Levy Increase: 2.04 percent

View the WCSD State Foundation Aid Funding Plan


2021-22 School Budget at a Glance

  • Budget total: $30,463,000
  • Spending Increase: 6.7 percent (or $1.9 million)
  • Tax Levy Increase: 0.5 percent

2020-21 School Budget at a Glance

  • Budget total: $28,560,000
  • Spending Increase: 1.30 percent
  • Tax Levy Increase: 1.98 percent

2019-20 School Budget at a Glance

  • Budget total: $28,187,000
  • Spending Increase: 2.83 percent
  • Tax Levy Increase: 2.4 percent

2018-19 School Budget at a Glance

  • Budget total: $27,411,000
  • Spending Increase: 2.69 percent
  • Tax Levy Increase: 2.03 percent

View 2018-19 budget document


2017-18 Budget Summary

Budget: $26,692,000
Total Spending Increase: 2.0%
Tax Levy Increase: 0.7%


Fundamentals of developing the school budget

Learn the ABCs of school budget development in less than 3 minutes by watching the video clip below:

Comparing property taxes

Interested in seeing how Watervliet school and other taxes compare to surrounding districts and municipalities? The SeeThroughNY website has a benchmarking tool that allows visitors to calculate and compare property taxes by location. Go to SeeThroughNY website benchmarking tool