Watervliet City School District residents will vote on Tuesday, May 21 on a proposed $28,187,000 budget for the 2019-20 school year. Voting will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at two polling locations: Watervliet Elementary School and the Watervliet Elks Lodge.

2019-20 Proposed School Budget at a Glance

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

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.

2018-19 Budget at a Glance

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

Watervliet voters approve 2018-19 school budget, elect two to school board

On May 15, Watervliet City School District residents approved the $27.4 million budget for the 2018-19 school year with 226 yes votes to 77 no votes.

The 2018-19 budget reflects a 2.69 percent overall spending increase compared to the current year’s budget, and maintains all academic programs and instructional support. Next year’s budget also expands opportunities for career and technical education through BOCES for high school students, increases support for struggling students, and preserves extracurricular programs for students.

The budget yields a tax levy increase of 2.03 percent, which is below the district’s limit as determined by the state’s tax “cap” law. As such, a simple majority of voters was needed to approve the budget.

View 2018-19 budget document

Voter Information

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

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