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2016-2017 School Budget Information

2016-17 school budget approved - thank you for voting

Watervliet school district residents have approved a $26.1 million budget for the 2016-17 school year, by 134 yes votes to 34 no votes, a margin of approximately 80 percent.  Read more

The Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, May 17 at 9:30 p.m. in the administrative conference room at WJSHS to receive the 2016-17 school budget vote results. View agenda

New this year: Digital voting machines

WCSD will be using electronic voting machines at its two polling sites this year as Albany County is in the process of replacing the lever voting machines for all upcoming elections. Watch this short video to learn more!


For additional information, visit the Albany County Board of Elections website.


Community invited to April 9 Budget Breakfast

The Watervliet Board of Education thanks everyone who attended  the annual budget breakfast on Saturday, April 9 at WJSHS. District leaders shared an update on the development of the 2016-17 school budget. The proposed budget will be presented to school board members during their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 19. Thanks to Assemblymember John McDonald for joining Saturday's budget conversation and to students in the Food and Nutrition class for preparing breakfast. View presentation


2016-17 state budget includes $1.5 billion education funding increase, end to GEA

On Friday, April 1, New York lawmakers approved a 2016-17 state budget that includes an overall $1.5 billion – or 6.5 percent – increase in education funding. The state budget increases foundation aid – the primary source of funding for everyday school operations – by $627 million, or 4 percent. For Watervliet, the increase in foundation aid equals approximately $299,000, which is more than the allocation proposed by Governor Cuomo in his executive budget in January.  More information


Fundamentals of developing the school budget

Learn the ABCs of school budget development in less than 3 minutes by watching the video clip below:


BOE nominating petitions available, one seat up for election this year

Watervliet residents who are interested in running for the Board of Education may pick up a nominating petition packet from the District Office. One of the five school board seats will be up for election this year. More information


A preliminary school budget presentation for the 2016-17 school year was shared during the February Board of Education meeting. This presentation includes an early look at the school district's state aid allocation as proposed in the Governor's Executive Budget and an overview of the property tax levy cap.   


Community invited to upcoming budget workshops

The Board of Education invites the community to 2016-17 school budget workshops on the following dates: Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., WES PTA meeting; Thursday, March 17, 6:00 p.m. prior to the regular board meeting, WJSHS; and Saturday, April 9, 9:00 a.m., budget breakfast, WJSHS.

2015-16 Budget Summary

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Watervliet community approves 2015-16 school budget proposal

Watervliet City School District residents Tuesday approved the proposed $25.89 million budget for the 2015-16 school year by a margin of 66 percent, or 96 yes votes and 50 no votes. Read more

Other resources

The New York State Property Tax Freeze credit

New York’s Property Tax Freeze Credit was signed into law in April 2014 as part of the 2014-15 New York state budget. What is it and how do eligible Watervliet homeowners receive it? Download fact sheet

Watch and learn about the GEA and its impact on our schools

Learn about the Gap Elimination Adjustment and its impact on our schools. More information Watch a short video that explains the GEA in easy-to-understand terms.

NY's tax "cap" law

As school districts head into the third year of the tax levy limit, some questions remain about New York’s “2 percent property tax cap” and how it works. A video by the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service aims to break down the complexities of the law and explain it in terms that everyone can understand. More information

Budget Fact Sheets (pdf)

bullet graphic New York State's Tax Levy Cap School mandates and mandate relief in NYS The Gap Elimination Adjustment Public employee pensions in NYS Understanding New York's STAR program Understanding your school tax bill


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.


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Budget presentations

Budget Workshop #1
March 8, 6:30 p.m., WES PTA meeting

Budget Workshop #2
March 17, 6:00 p.m., WJSHS prior to Board of Education meeting

Budget Workshop #3
April 9, 9:00 a.m. budget breakfast, WJSHS

Board of Education meeting
2016-17 Budget Adoption
Tuesday, April 19, 7 p.m., WJSHS Conference Room

Public Budget Hearing
Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m., WJSHS Conference Room

5.17.16 Budget Vote 12-9 pm
BOE Special Meeting, 9:30 pm


Budget Statement and required Attachments

New York State requires that all school districts make certain information available to the public. Hard copies of the documents will be available at the district office, in the main office of each school building and at the Watervliet Public Library. Files listed below are also available for download.

2016-17 Budget Newsletter


2016-17 Budget Document

2016-17 Administrative Compensation form

2016-17 Tax Exemption Report

2016-17 Property Tax Report Card

2014-15 School Report Card & WCSD Fiscal Accountability Summary

Voting information

Looking for information on absentee ballots, polling locations and voter registration? READ MORE

2015-16 Budget summary

Budget: $25,893,000

Total Spending Increase: 3.76%

Tax Levy Increase: 1.9% or $


2015-16 budget newsletter and other information. read more

Advocacy toolkit

Looking for information about how best to advocate four your schools?

visit our advocacy web page for Tips including A sample email and contact information for elected officials


download the advocacy toolkit

School Budget Archives

2015-16 Budget Information

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2014-15 Budget Information

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2013-14 Budget Information

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2012-13 Budget Information

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2011-12 Budget Information

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2010-11 Budget Information

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2009-2010 Budget Information


2008-2009 budget information