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2017-18 Budget Information

Aligning our resources to support our Strategic Plan has been a key factor in the development of the past seven budgets and that practice continues for the 2017-2018 proposed budget. PDF links below are provided for the 2017-18 Budget Overview with School Board Candidates and for the 2017-18 Full 84-page Budget Packet.  

Several cost saving measures help us contain our budget, including our energy performance contract, shared-services and cooperative purchasing with BOCES, as well as changes to our student and staff email system. We continue to experience increases in the areas of health insurance rate yet decreases in both rates for the NYS Teachers’ and the Employees’ Retirement Systems.

The $78,005,057 proposed 2017-18 budget adopted by the ESM Board of Education on April 24 reflects a 1.72% budget increase.

ESM received a 0.85% ($443,284) increase in Foundation Aid over the current school year. The estimated tax levy increase is 0.32% ($143,786) over 2016-17.

On a home assessed at $100,000, the overall tax bill increase for 2017-18 after the Basic STAR exemption would be approximately $5.50. For senior citizens with Enhanced STAR, the tax bill would increase $2.73 for 2017-2018. In general, the tax increase equates to approximately 8 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value annually. Please remember final assessments and equalization rates are not available until August at which time we will finalize the tax rates.

Public Hearing: Learn more about the budget Monday, May 8 at 6 p.m. in the library at ESM Central High School.

Budget Vote & Election of School Board candidates: ESM residents can vote on Tuesday, May 16 from noon to 9 p.m. at ESM Central High School (6400 Fremont Rd., East Syracuse) inside the small gymnasium.

Who Can Vote? To be eligible to vote in the school election, you must be a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or older, and an ESM district resident for at least 30 days. No prior registration is required.

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