2022-23 Budget News

Board Adopts 2022-23 Proposed Budget to Go Before Voters May 17

At its meeting on April 13, the BH-BL Board of Education unanimously adopted the 2022-23 budget proposal that goes before voters on Tuesday, May 17. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the gym at BH-BL High School, 88 Lakehill Road. Residents will decide on a $76.6 million budget with a tax levy increase of 2.5% and an estimated tax rate increase of 1.82%. This means, for instance, if your home is in Glenville and last September’s tax bill shows its total full-market value was $203,529, your school tax bill could increase by $76 in September. At the polls, residents will also select TWO candidates to the Board of Education. You can learn more about the residents who are running for a three-year term on the board at the Meet-the-Candidates Night, Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m.  A detailed budget newsletter will be mailed to residents in early May. Additionally, hard copies of the state-required detailed budget packet are located every school building as well posted online. [2022-23 School Budget Info Packet] Please contact Assistant Superintendent Dr. Christopher Abdoo with questions.

2022-23 Budget Forum

On Thursday, April 7, the Board of Education and school district leaders held a budget forum to outline and share details of the proposed 2022-23 budget forum. Click here to view a recording of the presentation.

2022-23 Budget Calendar & Budget Objectives

The 2022-23 school budget process is in full swing, and budget updates will be given and discussed at Budget Committee* meetings and Board of Education meetings, both of which are open to the public. This year’s budget vote is Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at BH-BL High School, 88 Lakehill Road. Budget updates and news will be share on the website and a budget newsletter will mailed to residents in early May. To learn about budget objectives and context, and view the budget calendar, please view this webpage. *Budget Committee Meetings may get added at various times prior to board meetings. Those changes will be announced on this page.

2021-22 School Budget

Budget: $72,549,692 | Estimated tax rate increase: 1.25% | Tax levy increase: 2.30% | Budget-to-budget increase: 2.35%

Overview of the Budget Process

Budget development actually starts in every November when the Board of Education begins to identify their budget objectives and the factors external and internal to the school district that are likely to have the greatest impact on the next year’s budget. Such factors can include rising prices for fuel or health insurance, for example, or the expectation that we will be impacted by a new state mandate or a change in pupil enrollment.

By December, the Board has created a detailed budget development calendar that includes the objectives and context for the new school budget.

In January, the Board of Education receives preliminary budget requests for the coming school year from school administrators, as well as requests for additional staffing and possible new or improved programs.

February, March and early April are spent analyzing and discussing these requests at a series of public Finance Committee meetings. The school board also solicits public input on the budget and devotes time to budget development issues at its regular February and March business meetings. Administrators work to refine their numbers as more accurate cost estimates and enrollment figures are received during this period, and as Board members ask them to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of providing a service in a different way.

Throughout the winter and spring, school board members and administrators are also monitoring budget activity at the state level. BH-BL school board members and administrators are in frequent contact with local legislators to inform them how various state funding proposals will affect our schools.

In mid-April, the Board of Education votes on a proposed budget. A newsletter describing the budget is then printed and mailed to all district homes in early May. A copy of the proposed budget broken down by line items is also available in May at the main office of each school or the District Office. The public vote on the proposed budget is held by law on the third Tuesday in May.