BH-BL residents are being asked to consider via absentee ballot a proposed $70.88 million budget that carries an estimated 1.98 percent tax rate increase for the 2020-21 school year. The proposal maintains all current academic programs and services for students while keeping the tax levy increase (2.90 percent) below the tax cap for the eighth consecutive year.
The 2020-21 Budget Forum & Hearing was Tuesday, May 26 and a detailed budget newsletter was mailed to residents in late May.
No in-person voting this year
In an executive order issued on May 1, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Qualified voters will be mailed absentee ballots in early June. If you are a qualified voter but did NOT receive an absentee ballot, please contact the District Office at 518-399-9141. Ballots can also be picked up at the District Office weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Absentee ballots can be mailed in the district-provided, prepaid return envelope or dropped off in the same envelope at the District Office (Hostetter Leadership Center) entrance located at the High School, 88 Lakehill Road or any of the three elementary schools. (The middle school is under construction.) The buildings are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Tuesday, June 9 the buildings will be open until 5 p.m. By law, the district must receive ballots by 5 p.m. on June 9, 2020.
Qualified voters are defined as U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older, have lived in the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote, are registered to vote with the county or school district, and have not been disqualified by any reason set forth in NYS Election Law §5-106. Qualified voters who are already registered to vote will automatically receive an absentee ballot. BH-BL residents who meet the definition of a “qualified voter” but have not registered to vote must do so to receive an absentee ballot. A qualified voter may do so by contacting their County Board of Elections or by going to the BH-BL District Office, Hostetter Leadership Center, 88 Lakehill Road, on May 27 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Please follow proper social distancing protocol ( e.g., wear a nose and mouth covering). For questions about registering at BH-BL, please contact the Deputy District Clerk Rebecca Manson at email@example.com or 518-399-9141.