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The 2019-2020 Budget season began on October 16 when the Board of Education adopted the budget calendar for the year and administration had closed the books from the 2018-2019 school year. The 2019-2020 budget will continue to support the district's strategic plan while also ensuring that we are sensitive to the capacity of our tax paying community.  As the documents at the bottom of this page demonstrate, this is always an interactive process with the Board of Education, administration, our advisory committees, and the community, and that process continues through May 21 when we will ask the community to cast their votes on two propositions: 1) the general fund budget and 2) the continuation of our bus replacement plan. The community will also be asked to cast votes for two (2) board seats as the terms for Mrs. Usdansky Niebuhr and Mr. Lambdin are up.

Please check back to this page often for additional updates and information.



May 21, 2019 | 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. | SCS District Office | 45 E. Elizabeth St.

The election will take place in the Skaneateles Central Schools District Office:

• Please use the main entrance.

• The parking area next to the building will be reserved for voters.

• Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

• You may wish to schedule your trip to the polls to avoid student arrival and dismissal times:

        • Arrival – 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

        • Dismissal – 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• We invite you to the District Art Show in the District Office.

QUALIFICATIONS OF VOTERS: Citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age and a resident of the Skaneateles Central School District at least 30 days prior to the date of the vote (renters are district residents - proof of address for new residents is required).

2019-2020 Proposed Budget

  • Total Budget:  $35,288,466
  • Tax levy increase: 2.68% (see below for a common question related to the "2% Tax Cap")
  • Budget to budget increase:  3.76%

Propositions On Ballot:  What You Will See When You Vote:

Proposition I, General Fund Budget

Shall the Board of Education of the Skaneateles Central School District, Counties of Cayuga and Onondaga, New York, be authorized to expend the sum of $35,288,466 for the 2019-2020 school year and levy the necessary tax when due?



Proposition II, Bus Proposition

Shall the Board of Education of the Skaneateles Central School District, Onondaga County, New York, be authorized to purchase and finance four student transport vehicles, including necessary furnishings, fixtures and equipment and all other costs incidental thereto, and expend a total sum not to exceed $435,000, which is estimated to be the total maximum cost thereof, and said amount, or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be raised by the levy of a tax upon the taxable property of said School District and collected in annual installments as provided by Section 416 of the Education Law; and, in anticipation of such tax, obligations of said School District, in the principal amount not to exceed $435,000, shall be issued?

Board of Education:  Candidates for Election (Vote for Two)

-  Danielle Fleckenstein
 -  Thomas E. Lambdin

How Can the District Propose a Tax Levy That Is Above the NYS 2% Tax Cap?

This is a common question and comes from a misunderstanding of what the "2% cap" actually is. For information on what is really meant by this term, please see this short video:


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Eric Knuth
45 East Elizabeth Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152