Budget

2018-2019 School Operating Budget Approved!


The Digest budget issue will be in resident mailboxes by May 7, 2018

On Tuesday, May 15th, Canandaigua City School District voters overwhelmingly approved a $76 million spending plan for 2018-2019, passed a bus purchase proposition, and elected Megan Personale and John Polimeni to 5-year terms on the Board of Education.

The final budget vote total was:

Yes – 1,195
No - 396

The District projects that the maximum local tax rate impact of the approved budget will be an increase of 47 cents to $19.32/thousand. The actual 2018-2019 school tax rate will not be determined until August, 2018 when all tax warrants are determined.

Voters elected current Board incumbent John Polimeni to his third 5-year term on the Board of Education. They also elected Megan Personale to her first 5-year term.

The final Board of Education election vote totals were:

Mrs. Megan Personale – 1,248
Mr. John Polimeni – 1,203

Both will begin their terms on July 1, 2018. Current Board member Thomas Reho chose to retire from the Board when his term ends on June 30th. He did not seek re-election.

“We are just thrilled at the support the community offered us, in particular because this is Mr. Farr’s first year as Superintendent,” says Board of Education President Jeanie Grimm. “This result, 75% support, is a very positive reflection of both the way he and his team developed the budget, and the way he presented it to our District residents. We’re really excited!”

Proposition #1: A proposition to purchase new transportation vehicles was approved by a wide margin. The plan is to purchase four new 74-passenger buses, one 48-passenger bus, and one 30-passenger bus at a maximum of $697,363 by utilizing the District’s Transportation Reserve Fund and Fund Balance. There will be no upward impact to the budget. The vote was 1,244 - 343.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank this community,” says Superintendent of Schools Jamie Farr. “We have a reputation of being a very strong school district and it’s largely thanks to the community and its support of the educational program here. We could not do it without them!

“This 2018-19 budget is totally focused on programming for children and we are very happy to be able to provide such strength again in the coming year.”

The total vote of 1,591 on the budget proposal is just 9.2% of possible voters. There are 17,210 registered voters in the Canandaigua City School District.

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District voters also easily approved a proposition to increase the Wood Library’s annual community-based funding appropriation to $668,000 from the current level of $648,000. The increase will take effect in October, 2018. Residents will see the Wood Library appropriation as a separate line on their school tax bills. The first $668,000 in school taxes collected by the District is passed through to Wood Library to meet the library’s annual operating expenses. The library appropriation has no effect on school district budgets, taxes, or finances.

The Wood Library vote totals were: Yes - 1,121; No – 476


At A Glance

Total Budget: $75,996,123
Local Levy Increase: $1,103,760
Projected School Tax Bill Increase for $150,000 Home with STAR: $59.00

Factors Driving the 2018-2019 Budget Proposal:

Computer Assisted Instruction: up $180,288; 7.4%. This funding supports the purchase and long-term repair and replacement plan of 1:1 computer devices for students, as well as other classroom technology.

Health Insurance: up $538,250; 5.5%.Though a significant cost, this percentage increase is lower than in many previous years. The District participates in a health insurance consortium that helps keep its insurance cost increases below the average annual community rate increase.

Retirement/Pension: up $151,482; 5.3%. District Teacher/Employee Retirement System payments are determined each year by the NYS Comptroller; there is no local control of this cost.

State/Federal Aid Increase: up $685,628; 2.57%. Most of the increase is in state aid. However, State Foundation Aid, not tied to specific spending areas such as Transportation, rises by only percentage.

Employee Salaries: up $828,176; 2.31%. The budget supports addition of 3.5 positions: 2 Special Education teachers, and 1/2-time teaching positions for Art, Music & Physical Education. One position will be eliminated.

“The 2018-19 budget proposal represents our commitment to excellence within the confines of balance and accountability,” says Jeanie Grimm, Canandaigua Board of Education President.

The budget vote and Board of Education election will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. and voting procedures will be the same as in the last few years for both polling place and in the use of optical scan voting cards and machines.

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2018-2019 Budget Statement

Click for a pdf file of the complete line-by-line budget, including a list of all tax exempt properties in the District

Superintendent's Budget Presentation

Click for a pdf file of the PowerPoint the Superintendent will utilize during budget presentations

See other budget details below:

Click the 2018-19 Budget Numbers tab to see the budget summary & details
Click the Presentations tab for a list of dates & venues of public presentations on the budget proposal
Click the Ballot tab to see the specific language which will appear on the May 15th ballot
Click the Development tab for Budget Development Guidelines for the 2018-2019 budget proposal.


2018 - 2019 Budget Proposal

2018-19 Budget Numbers

The Canandaigua City School District Board of Education adopted this 2018-2019 district operating budget proposal at its meeting on March 22, 2018.

SUMMARY

Total Budget: $75,996123 -- up 2.80%
Local Tax Levy: $44,330,359 -- up 2.49%
Projected Local Tax Rate: $19.32 (current true value tax rate is $18.85; $19.24 in Town of Canandaigua under equalization rate))
Projected School Tax Bill Increase** (on $100,000 assessment): $35.50
**The District has projected a NYS capped regular STAR exemption at $577.00 for 2018-19. This is subject to change by the state.

The proposed levy increase is under Canandaigua's Maximum Allowable Tax Levy ($45,691,043). Therefore, a simple majority of 50% (+1) will be required for voter approval of this proposed budget in voting on May 15, 2018.

Three-Part Budget:

2017-2018 2018-2019
Program ................................................ $56,093,061 $57,886,560
Capital ................................................ $11,546,920 $11,621,894
Administration ................................................ $6,286,428 $6,487,669
Total Budget ................................................ $73,926,409 $75,996,123


pie graph program 76.2 % Capital 15.3% Administration 8.5%

3-Part Budget Detail

Administration Expenses

Administration 2017-18 2018-19 % Change
Board of Education $47,600 $47,600 0.0
Central Administration 1,331,437 1,465,169 10.0
Building Administration 1,887,114 1,975,439 4.7
Curriculum Development 283,626 297,506 4.9
BOCES Administration 340,460 344,520 1.2
District Contractual Services 325,800 325,800 0.0
Employee Benefits 2,070,391 2,031,635 - 1.9
TOTAL $6,286,428 $6,487,669 3.20

Program Expenses

Program2017-182018-19% Change
Instruction$31,318,514$32,328,7703.2
Instructional Media2,803,9013,046,4768.7
Pupil Services2,659,3112,647,663- 0.4
Interscholastic Athletics971,677990,7912.0
Transportation3,162,3673,128,752- 1.1
Community Services 6,2008,20032.3
Employee Benefits15,171,09115,735,9083.7
TOTAL$56,093,061 $57,886,5603.20

Capital Expenses

Capital2017-182018-19% Change
Operations & Maintenance$4,119,549$4,270,1593.7
BOCES239,540235,480- 1.7
Debt Service5,794,5885,629,613- 2.8
Employee Benefits1,393,2431,486,6426.7
TOTAL$11,546,920$11,621,8940.65

Revenues for 2018-2019

Revenue Categories2017-182018-19% Change
State & Federal Aid$26,706,550$27,392,1782.6
Local Tax Levy44,330,35945,434,1192.5
Payments in lieu of Taxes363,000428,32618.0
Appropriated Fund Balance755,000545,000- 27.8
General Fund Interest Earnings200,000200,0000.0
Miscellaneous Revenue371,500466,50025.6
Interfund Transfer (Reserves)1,200,0001,530,00027.5
TOTAL$73,926,409$75,996,123 2.80

2018-19 School Budget Information

Basic STAR Exemption Impact

Basic STAR Exemption Impact: 2018-2019 Proposed Budget

The estimated Basic STAR Exemption Savings is based on a hypothetical home within the Canandaigua City School District will a full value of $100,000.

Budget Adopted for 2017-18*Budget Proposed for 2018-19**
Maximum Basic STAR Savings$ 565.50$ 577.00
School Tax Change (w/o STAR)$ - 17.00$ 47.00
Net Basic STAR Savings$ 565.50$ 530.00

* Based on District's 2017-18 actual true value tax rate of $18.85 per thousand of assessed value

** Based on District's projected 2018-19 true value tax rate of $19.32 peer thousand of assessed value.

Cost Per Pupil

COST PER PUPIL: 2015-2016*

New York State Law requires that comparative cost per pupil information and numbers and placement setting percentages of special education classified students be attached to each school district’s annual budget report. The information is supplied by the State of New York from fully audited data.

* The latest finalized data (shown above) is from 2015-2016. The cost per pupil measurement separates instructional expenditures for regular and special education. It is available both on a similar school and statewide basis.

Below, the numbers include costs for transportation, debt service, and district-wide administration.

Total Expenditures Per Pupil

Canandaigua Similar Districts NYS
$18,929 $21,790

$23,361

Special Education Data

STUDENTS CLASSIFIED FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION: 2016-2017*.

New York State Law requires that numbers and placement setting percentages of special education classified students be attached to each school district's annual budget report.

*The table below displays information regarding the numbers and settings of students classified for special education services during 2016-2017. This data is available on a local and statewide basis.

Student Placement
(time in regular classroom)
Number of students for Canandaigua
#
Canandaigua
%
Similar Districts
%
NYS
%
80% or more

288

57.1%

56.8%

58.4%

40% to 79%

121

24.0%

19.1%

11.9%

Less than 40%

71

14.1%

16.9%

19.6%

Separate settings

12

2.4%

4.5%

5.9%

Other settings

(out-of district placements)

12

2.4%

2.7%

4.5%

Total Special Education

504

14.0%

13.4%

14.9%



Tax Levy Cap and Law

Canandaigua's 2018-2019
TAX LEVY CAP LIMIT CALCULATION

Prior Year Tax Levy ........................................................................................................................... $44,330,359
(x)Tax Base Growth Factor (state supplied)*** ........................................................................... 1.0125
(=) ................................................................................................................................................................. $44,884,488

(+) Prior Year PILOTs .................................................................................................................................. 358,852
(-) Prior year Exemptions ................................................................................................................. 1,400,1509
(=) Adjusted Prior Year Levy ....................................................................................................... $43,843,190

(x) Allowable Levy Growth Factor ...................................................................................................... 1.0200
(=) ..............................................................................................................................................................***$44,720,054

(-) Coming Year PILOTs* ........................................................................................................................ 428,326
(+) Available Carryover (none this year) .................................................................................................... 0
(=) Local Tax Levy Limit (without exclusions) .............................................................. $44,291,728
(+) Coming Year Exclusions** ........................................................................................................... 1,399,315

(=) Maximum Allowable Tax Levy (with exclusions) ............................................. $45,691,043


NOTES:

* PILOTs are Payment in Lieu Of Taxes agreements. These agreements are negotiated by the Ontario County Industrial Development Agency with a goal to stimulate the local economy. The school district has no influence over the length or annual dollar figures of regular PILOT agreements. A different type of payment in lieu of taxes agreement is the District's Pilot Increment Financing (PIF) agreement with Pinnacle North Shore project developer Morgan-LeChase. 2018-19 is the third year that agreement, which was adjusted this past winter by due process vote of the representatives of the three municipalities involved – the school district, the City of Canandaigua & Ontario County – has impacted this tax levy cap calculation. The District was able to participate in negotiation of the terms of this PIF with the developer. The terms remain more favorable to District taxpayers than a normal PILOT agreement.

** Exclusions - The law allows three exclusions:

  • Local tax levy used to pay for some TRS/ERS pension contribution costs
  • Local tax levy used to pay for local share of capital expenses related to facilities, equipment, and transportation debt
  • Local tax levy used to pay for major court orders or judgments against the school district

Canandaigua's local capital costs impacting the formula this year total $1,399,315. No local levy will be used to pay TRS/ERS costs for 2018-19 and there is no current court order against the District, so these items do not apply.

*** The Allowable Growth Factor is set by the law as either the CPI or 2%, whichever is lower. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) was officially set by NYS in February, 2018 at 0.0125%, thus the 1.0125 multiplication factor utilized in the formula for 2018-2019 calculations.

Tax Levy Limit: What It Means

The formula indicates that Canandaigua’s Tax Levy Limit for 2018-2019 is $44,291,728. The Tax Levy Limit is the number used to determine whether a simple majority (50%+1) or super-majority (60%) is necessary for a proposed budget to be approved by district voters each May.

The Maximum Allowable Tax Levy ($45,691,043) includes Canandaigua’s legally allowable exclusions under the law. It is established in the formula after the Tax Levy Limit cap is calculated. Therefore, though Canandaigua’s Maximum Allowable Tax Levy is an increase of 3.07% from last year's actual local tax levy, it would still legally require only a simple majority for such a budget to pass because the Tax Levy Limit number is met.

The school district met its legal obligations regarding the tax cap calculation by submitting its original calculations prior to the March 1, 2018 deadline. The deadline falls prior to finalization of the New York State Budget and official state aid totals. Any re-calculation caused by the impact of the final NYS Budget has no ramifications regarding these legal obligations.

If the Board proposes a budget within the Tax Levy Limit cap, a simple majority is required for passage. The Board may legally propose a local tax levy higher than the calculated Tax Levy Limit. If so, a super-majority (60% "yes" votes) would be necessary to achieve budget approval.

Voting Procedure & Contingency Budget Rules

The Tax Levy Limit Law also establishes rules for additional community votes and contingency budgets. If the budget is not approved by voters in the annual May referendum, a single re-vote may be scheduled for the third Tuesday in June. The Board may submit the same or an adjusted budget for the June referendum, or immediately adopt a contingency budget and not hold a second vote in June.

If a June vote is held, and the budget is not approved by voters, the district must adopt a contingent budget. A contingent budget, per the Tax Levy Limit law, allows 0% increase in the local tax levy from the previous year.

Ballot

May 15, 2018 Ballot Items

Budget Resolution -- 2018-2019 School Operating Budget:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the City School District of the City of Canandaigua in the County of Ontario, State of New York, be and hereby is authorized to expend the sum of $75,996,123 for the 2018-2019 school year and to levy the necessary tax therefore.

Proposition #1 -- Transportation Purchase:

This proposition would authorize the purchase of six vehicles at a maximum cost of $697,363. There is no impact on this budget proposal, as monies for the purchase come from the District Transportation Reserve Fund and available fund balance. The Proposition language is:

Shall the bond resolution adopted by the Board of Education of the City School District of the City of Canandaigua, New York, dated February 15, 2018, authorizing the acquisition of one 74-passenger C-2 school bus with 98” luggage box at an estimated cost of $122,574, three 74-passenger C-2 school buses at an estimated cost of $117,895 each, one 48-passenger C-2 school bus at an estimated cost of $112,360, and one 30-passenger C-2 school bus at an estimated cost of $108,744, all at an estimated maximum aggregate cost of $697,363, less trade-in value, if any, and the appropriation and expenditure from the existing 2014 Transportation Vehicle Reserve Fund of $240,000 for such cost; the levy of a tax to be collected in annual installments therefor; the issuance of debt obligations of the School District as may be necessary, not to exceed $457,363, shall be issued, or the Board of Education may appropriate in its discretion undesignated available fund balance therefor, all be approved?

Proposition #2 -- Wood Library Community-Based Funding:

This proposition would authorize an increase in community-based funding for Wood Library by $20,000 to a total of $668,000 for the library's 2019 operating budget. This 3.09% increase would amount to an additional $1.29 a year for a property assessed at $150,000, starting with the October, 2018 tax bill. This is NOT an increase in school taxes. The District simply collects the tax and acts as a pass-though agency to the Wood Library. The Proposition language is:

RESOLVED, that pursuant to Education Law, Section 259, the Board of Education of the Canandaigua City School District is authorized to levy and collect an annual tax, year after year, separate and apart from the annual school district budget, in the amount of $668,000, which shall be paid to the Wood Library Association of Canandaigua for the support and maintenance of the library; with this appropriated amount to be the annual appropriation until thereafter modified by a future vote of the electors of the Canandaigua City School District.


Board Election

There are two open seats on the Board of Education to be contested by election on May 15th. The seats of current Board members John Polimeni and Tom Reho expire on June 30, 2018. Mr. Reho has chosen to not seek another term.

There are two candidates who will appear on the ballot (in this order):

Mrs. Megan Personale - Mrs. Personale is seeking her first term on the Canandaigua City School District Board of Education. She is a case worker with the Department of Social Services of Ontario County. In that role, she has worked closely with the school district on child protective and other matters on a regular basis during her career. Mrs. Personale is a lifelong resident of Canandaigua, a 1997 graduate of Canandaigua Academy, and she holds a degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Alfred University. She is a member of St. Mary’s Church. She and her husband, Phillip, have three young children, two of whom attend the Canandaigua Primary-Elementary School. The family resides on North Road in the City of Canandaigua.

Mr. John Polimeni - Mr. Polimeni is seeking his third full five-year term on the Canandaigua City School District Board of Education. He was first elected in May, 2006 to complete a vacated term and has since been re-elected twice. He is an attorney in private practice in Canandaigua as well as Broker/Owner of Red Jacket Realty. Mr. Polimeni graduated from Canandaigua Academy in 1979, in 1983 from St. John Fisher and in 1986 from Nova Southeastern University School of Law. He previously served for many years in volunteer emergency medical services as a member of the Thompson Health System Board of Directors, the Finger Lakes Regional EMS Council, and the Canandaigua Emergency Squad. He has been active as a volunteer coach with Canandaigua Junior Baseball and the St. Mary’s Church CYO Basketball program. As a member of the Board of Education, he currently serves on the Site Committee and the Safety, Health & Security Committee. In the past, he has led the Food Services Committee and been a member of the Board Development & Superintendent Relations committee. Mr. Polimeni and his wife, Karen, a teacher at the Primary-Elementary School, have two sons, both graduates of Canandaigua Academy. The couple resides on East Ridge Run in the Town of Canandaigua.


Presentations

Click here for the PDF on this budget proposal used in the Superintendent's presentation to the Board

Members of the public may attend any of the following presentations by Superintendent of Schools Jamie M. Farr on the proposed 2018-2019 school operating budget.

Date: May 2
Time: 9 am
Location: District Operations Center, 5500 Airport Road

Date: May 7
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: District Operations Center, 5500 Airport Road

Date: May 8
Time: 8 am
Location: Primary-Elementary School North Auditorium

Date: May 8
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Canandaigua Middle School Room 88

Date: May 8
Time: 12 Noon
Organization: Canandaigua Kiwanis Club
Location: American Legion Post, N. Main St., Canandaigua

Date: May 8
Time: 6:30 pm
Organization: Canandaigua PTSA
Location: Canandaigua Middle School Library, Granger Street, Canandaigua

Date: May 10
Time: 12:15 pm
Organization: Canandaigua Rotary Club
Location: American Legion Post, N. Main St., Canandaigua





Development

2018-2019 Budget Development Guidelines

The Board of Education adopted these guidelines on December 14, 2017:

  • Maintain a commitment to the Plan for Excellence as id reasonable and appropriate in today's financial climate.
  • Make staffing decisions that meet the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of students, that reflect enrollment data, and that prepare students to be successful 21st century learners.
  • Continue to reduce costs through budget efficiencies, partnerships, and shared services.
  • Utilize fund balance and reserve funds conservatively with a financial plan to transition back to a budget that does not rely on reserves.
  • Maintain a transparent system of continual communication with the public.
  • Minimize cuts during restrictive tax cap cycles by making decisions based on right-sizing and consideration of the levy that best meets the needs of the district, at or above the cap.
  • Allocate available funds for meaningful capital improvements at the Primary-Elementary complex, and district wide, as deemed necessary by the Site Committee and district leadership.


2018-19 Budget Development Calendar

April 12, 2018 - Board Meeting: There is no scheduled discussion on the already approved 2018-19 operating budget proposal. There may be some comment regarding the finalized New York State budget, which increased state education aid to Canandaigua by $75,000 above the original Governor's Proposal.

April 25, 2018 - Last Day to Submit Board Candidate Petitions - Anyone interested in running as a candidate for the Canandaigua City School District Board of Education in 2018 must submit a candidate petition with a minimum of 100 District resident signatures to the District Clerk (143 North Pearl St.) by 5:00 p.m. on this date in order to be included on the ballot.

April 26, 2018 - Ballot Placement Draw - The District Clerk executes a draw to establish the position of each Board of Education candidate on the May 15th ballot for the Board of Education election.

May 7, 2018 - Public Hearing on 2018-2019 District Operating Budget Proposal -Superintendent of Schools Jamie Farr will present details about the proposed budget to residents. A Q&A session about the proposal will follow the presentation. The public is encouraged to attend.

Site: District Operations Center, 5500 Airport Rd., Canandaigua

Time: 6:30 p.m.

May 15, 2018 - Budget Vote & Board of Education Election - The vote will be held between 7;00 a..m. and 9:00 p.m. at two polling locations. Voters will vote on the 2018-2019 operating budget proposal, elect Board of Education candidates, and vote on two additional propositions on the ballot: Transportation Vehicle purchases, and Wood Library funding.

Results are normally available by 10:00 p.m. Results will be posted on the District website and reported by various media serving the Canandaigua region.

Previously held budget development meetings:

January 4, 2018 - Regular Board Meeting -- Budget development process discussion

January 18, 2018 - Preliminary Budget & Staffing Requests Submitted -- These reports and requests are submitted by Building Principals and Department Directors and Supervisors to the Superintendent and Board of Education. They underwent internal vetting and negotiation before being finalized for the Superintendent's Preliminary Budget Proposal Presentation to the Board in early March.

February 1, 2018 - Regular Board Meeting -- Budget development discussion.

February 9, 2018 - Board Candidate Petitions Available -- This is the first day that school board candidate petitions were available. Anyone interested in running as a candidate for the Canandaigua City School District Board of Education in 2018 must submit a candidate petition with a minimum of 100 District resident signatures by April 25, 2018 in order to be on the May 15th ballot. Petitions are available from the District Clerk at the District Administrative Center, 143 North Pearl Street, Canandaigua.

February 15, 2018 - Regular Board Meeting -- Budget development discussion.

March 8, 2018 - Board Meeting: Building & Department Budget Presentations - The Board heard preliminary presentations detailing building and department budgets from the Superintendent, Asst. Superintendents, Principals, and Department Directors and Supervisors

March 22, 2018 - Board Adopted the 2018-19 Budget Proposal: Superintendent Jamie Farr presented his Executive Budget Proposal for the 2018-2019 school year. The proposal was unanimously adopted by Board of Education vote and will be presented for referendum to the general public on May 15, 2018. I

Superintendent's Q&A

This is your first year as Canandaigua Superintendent, thus your first budget proposal. How does this proposal reflect your own priorities for the District?

Any first year has a strong element of “getting to know you” about it. I have enjoyed every moment of that part of the job! Building this budget in coordination with our team and the Board has been a great experience, in no small part because it has reminded me that I have learned so much about – and from – Canandaigua and its people already. I am thrilled to be here and the reality is, my priorities are not much different from what they have always been in Canandaigua.

We must prioritize what is best for our students such that they can achieve at high levels and graduate prepared for the next steps in their lives, while also balancing a fair budget. We have a strong instructional program. Therefore, facing minimal increases in state and federal funding, our focus for this budget was on maintaining current programming and addressing the most urgent of needs only.

You have spoken of fostering and sustaining the educational program. What specifically does this this budget proposal provide for our students and taxpayers?

This budget sustains current programs of excellence across the district while expanding special education services/flexibility at the Primary-Elementary School so that services can be rendered with authenticity and in accordance with individualized educational plans, as required by law. Our overall program is strong in foundation and well developed, offering choice where students can explore a wide array of interests and passions. We are unique in that, for our area, we offer a rich and expansive program. Our students derive a direct benefit, as they leave us very well prepared for the next stage in their lives.

School security burst forth as a major issue again in the wake of the school violence in Florida. Is there a budgetary impact for Canandaigua regarding this issue?

There is not a direct budgetary impact as a result of recent school tragedies around the nation. We have a strong security system already in place, thanks to a supportive community and a forward-thinking administration, staff, and board. Next year, using Smart Schools money (a state funded grant), we will finalize some of our access controls across the district. We are also maintaining the successful School Resource Officer Program.

For several years, the Board of Education has been concerned with the District’s reliance on fund balance and reserves to balance annual budgets. How does this proposal address the longer-term financial issues we face?

The budget does utilize fund balance and reserves to balance the budget. There is a slight growth in reliance on these funds ($1.955 million to $2.075 million) for the 2018-2019 budget. The state’s challenging fiscal outlook will potentially limit future increases in state aid.

Over the last several years, state aid increased primarily due to the removal of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), allowing districts to reintroduce programs. Due to the uncertainty of future state aid increases, we continue to remain conservative in our approach. In the 2018-2019 budget development process, we reviewed current staffing and reduced through attrition where possible. The District’s long-term goal is to reduce our reliance on appropriated fund balance and reserve funds when feasible.

If things are a little better this year regarding state aid, why not expand program?

We are educators and we are always interested in improving the program, and especially in regaining some assets lost in the aftermath of the recession, when we had to shed nearly 90 positions. However, we are also stewards of the public resources, and frankly, things are only marginally better regarding state aid. Canandaigua’s Foundation Aid increase for 2018-19 is below the level of inflation.

We must be mindful to reduce positions through attrition where possible and not add anything that cannot be sustained long term in the event of future, even tighter budgets. It can be frustrating, but it is imperative that we remain thoughtful in our approach. In the end, we believe such an approach is actually the most effective way to maintain our excellence.

The proposal contains funding for a “Capital Outlay Project”. Please explain what that is, and its impact.

The District has been completing capital outlay projects for several years now. Capital Outlay Projects allow school districts to address facilities which are in poor or failing condition each year. These projects receive state aid the following year at the District’s state aid ratio, which is currently 73.2% of total expenses incurred.

Last year we addressed poor conditions in our girl’s locker room at the Academy and our project next year would be to address the substandard locker room conditions in the pool at the Academy. Corroded, broken, and outdated locker rooms will be remedied. The focus of this work will be new lockers, new and more private showers, and energy efficient lighting.

What about the Chromebook computers distributed to students over the last few years? Does this budget still support it?

“2018-2019 will see the completion of our chromebook rollout district-wide, as our K-5 students receive their devices. Students in grades 6-12 were able to utilize theirs during the 2017-18 school year. The leveraging of devices provides a tremendous educational/instructional advantage, but please understand, traditional forms of instruction have not been abandoned. They remain valued and highly effective.

Funding for the Chromebook devices has been accomplished through smart bond state grant monies. The district provides support with an annual budget commitment to these technologies that is designed for ongoing repair, troubleshooting, and classroom integration support and will allow for a seamless future replacement strategy and upgrades when that inevitably becomes necessary as machines age, become obsolete, and/or improved software applications come to market.”

Now, the annual question: What happens to my school tax bill if this budget passes?

Last year at the time of the vote, the rate was projected at $19.50 per thousand dollars of assessment and the budget passed quite favorably. For 2018-19, if this budget is passed, we are projecting a school tax rate of $19.32 per thousand.

But that projection is based on current assessment totals and they will certainly change before everything is finalized this summer.

Because Canandaigua is a growing area, we anticipate that the projected rate of $19.32 is not likely to be the case and it will be lower when Ontario County completes its 2018 tax warrant process in August. In fact, last year’s projection of $19.50 was high. The actual came in at $18.85. Though three of our municipalities currently have higher rates due to the state’s equalization rate process, everyone remains well under the projected $19.50 rate.

What if the budget is defeated?

If this proposal is defeated, we would need to review all non-essential programming and determine possible reductions to these programs. We would then return to voters for a second vote in June. If it were defeated a second time, we would then be required to adopt a contingency budget where the tax levy can be no greater than the prior year.

More specifically, state law is explicit:

The Board of Education may submit the budget to the voters no more than two (2) times. If the proposed 2018-2019 budget is not passed on May 15, 2018 the Board has three options. It may choose to resubmit the same budget or submit an adjusted budget for a second vote (on June 19, 2018), or immediately adopt a contingency budget. If the same budget, or an adjusted budget, is not passed by the voters on June 19, 2018, the Board is mandated to adopt a contingency budget. NYS Education Law allows 0% increase to the local tax levy under a contingency budget. Therefore, a contingency budget will usually necessitate reductions in order to meet the spending limitations imposed by law.

After one year as Superintendent, what do you see in the short term and long term futures for Canandaigua?

The goals in Canandaigua remain the same. We believe in establishing and building a culture of Excellence. Financially, that means avoiding budgetary roller coasters. The best way to keep and build on the already excellent academic program is to make sure budgets are stable, finding that ‘middle ground’ to ensure that expenditures are not burdensome, yet support the necessary components of a great K-12 public education program. Long term we will find ways to be even more creative in delivering expanded opportunities for our kids within the constraints of our budget.

To that end, during the 2018-19 school year, we will be revisiting our strategic priorities and developing our next strategic plan. There will be focus groups and opportunities for all constituents to have a voice in the direction of the school district. The near future will bring many issues – both inside and outside the classroom – that will evolve rapidly and possibly compel significant change. These trends demand good planning, flexibility and agility as an organization. We value a collective approach to learning and wish to build upon the wonderful foundation built over several generations.

Our long range goal is to advance an already thriving community and school system which is the crown jewel of the Finger Lakes Region. We will work to make it a place where we are proud to be defined as a Braves Family that embraces innovation and character education, and where a culture of kindness and curiosity is the norm.

jamie m. farr

Jamie M. Farr
Superintendent of Schools

From the Board President

Dear Canandaigua Family,

When we interviewed candidates for the position of Superintendent, at about this time last year, we talked extensively with each one about their approach to the budget process. In this area of budget preparation, we sought a leader who would uphold the approach we had used for the past years: student focused, inclusive, transparent, needs based, and fair to all constituents (students, faculty, staff, and taxpayers). During his interview, candidate Jamie Farr answered this concern most appropriately. Now, Superintendent Farr, along with the many people who work year round to arrive at this point, has presented to the Board of Education just such a budget; we adopted it unanimously on March 22, 2018.

Budget Season: An Ongoing Process

We call it budget season, but the budget process is actually a year-round cycle of checks and balances, of gathering internal data, of advocacy at the state and local level, in school meetings and even at the curricular level, of waiting for ever-evolving state aid projections and hoping a state budget will be finalized on time (something which has mostly happened over these last few years), of using history to predict the future, of considering the new needs that pop up, sometimes foreseen but always urgent, of taking and reflecting the pulse of our community.

School districts are allowed to vote only on an annual budget. This direct vote on the operating budget of our schools is a great responsibility, both for voters and school board members. As stewards of taxpayer dollars and under zero-based budgeting, we carefully study each and every line item in the budget in order to create a list of needs and priorities for the year in question and for upcoming years.

In consultation with our colleagues, our auditor, and our financial advisor, we work constantly to ensure that reserves are being funded with a purpose, and used for that purpose, for this budget year and for all years. The work intensifies at this time of year in anticipation of the release of funding information from the state, and the annual budget vote in May.

Measuring to Sustain Excellence

All of these numbers and predictions are considered carefully and importantly through the lens of what is best for our students. Our faculty, staff and administrators are constantly reviewing current programs and resources and determining what best – or better – meets the needs of kids. From each corner of the district, the emphasis is always the same: How can we improve learning in the classroom?

This extends beyond the traditional tools of great teaching and appropriate materials to include proven technology innovation and integration and well-considered efforts to ensure a safe learning environment for our children and adults. In keeping with our core value of educating the whole child, we look well beyond the classroom as we seek to maintain program -- to the many athletic and extra-curricular activities we offer our students.

Balance & Accountability

The 2018-2019 operating budget proposal represents our commitment to excellence within the confines of balance and accountability. Any board member would be happy to hear your thoughts and to answer your questions about it. You may reach out to us via e-mail at TalktotheBoard@CanandaiguaSchools.org, or call us at the phone numbers listed on the back of the district print calendar. We sincerely hope you will take a few moments to inform yourself fully about this proposal, and come out to vote on May 15th.

Respectfully


Jeanie Grimm, President
Canandaigua City School District Board of Education

Digest Budget Issue (pdf file)

CLICK HERE for a pdf file of the Digest Budget Issue of May, 2018

The publication is mailed to all households in the Canandaigua City School District. It contains complete information on the 2018-2019 school operating budget proposal, Board of Education Election candidate profiles, Ballot proposition language, and other related information.

Note: The pdf file may take several minutes to download

Current Budget

2017 - 2018

On Tuesday, May 16th, Canandaigua City School District voters approved a $73.9 million spending plan for 2017-2018, passed vehicle and land purchase propositions, approved the establishment of a capital reserve fund, and elected Mrs. Michelle Pedzich and Dr. Jennifer Schneider to 5-year terms on the Board of Education. Here are the numbers:
2017-2018 Budget
The final budget vote total was:
Yes – 1,297
No - 455

“We are deeply thankful to our community for its support of the budget and propositions and excited to continue the good work accomplished every day in the school district,” says Jeanie Grimm, Canandaigua Board of Education President. “The strong support is especially important as we transition to the leadership of our new Superintendent, Jamie Farr, in July.”

Fall, 2017 Update: At the time of the May vote, the District projected a maximum local tax rate impact of an increase of 48 cents to $19.50/thousand. However, the actual 2017-2018 school tax rates, determined in late August, 2017, came in well below that projection. For detailed information on the current school tax rates, click here.

Board of Education Election
Voters elected Board incumbent Michelle Pedzich to her second 5-year term on the Board of Education. They also elected Dr. Jennifer Schneider to her first 5-year term.
The final Board of Education election vote totals were:Mrs. Michele Pedzich – 1,161
Mr. Mark LaRoach - 630
Dr. Jennifer Schneider – 1,299

Both Mrs. Pedzich and Dr. Schneider will begin their terms on July 1, 2017. Current Board member Joseph Delforte chose to retire from the Board when his term ends on June 30th. He did not seek re-election.

Propositions
Proposition #1: A proposition to purchase new transportation vehicles was passed. The plan is to purchase six new 74-passenger buses, two 48-passenger wheelchair-equipped buses, one 72-passenger rear engine bus and one 5-passenger car at a maximum of $731,199 by utilizing the District’s Transportation Reserve Fund and Fund Balance. There will be no upward impact to the budget. The vote was 1,355 – 439.
Proposition #2: A proposition to authorize the District to purchase the land and building that currently houses the CACC program was approved by a vote of 1,197 - 609. The propositions authorizes the expenditure of $650,000 for this purchase. The purchase qualifies for state building aid, which will cover 72% of the purchase price.
Proposition #3: A proposition to authorize establishment of a new Capital Reserve Fund was approved by a vote of 1,349 – 466. This fund will accrue to a maximum of $5,000,000 and carries an anticipated life of ten years.

“I continue to be appreciative off the support shown by our community for the Canandaigua City School District,” said Superintendent Lynne Erdle. “We presented a fiscally sound budget and well-considered propositions, and all were passed by significant margins. The 2017-18 budget will continue to provide outstanding opportunities for our students which will prepare them as 21st century learners."...

Once again, and always, I am Canandaigua Proud!
Lynne Erdle
Proposition #4: District voters also approved a proposition to increase the Wood Library’s annual community-based funding appropriation to $648,000 from the current level of $630,000. The increase will take effect in October, 2017. Residents will see the Wood Library appropriation as a separate line on their school tax bills. The first $648,000 in school taxes collected by the District is passed through to Wood Library to meet the library’s annual operating expenses. The library appropriation has no effect on school district budgets, taxes, or finances.
The Wood Library vote totals were:
Yes – 1,250
No - 588

2017 - 2018 School Year

Proposed

Vote May 16, 2017

On March 23rd, the Canandaigua City School District's Board of Education adopted a proposed operating budget for 2017-2018 to place before voters for public referendum on May 16, 2017.

2017-2018 Proposed Budget Summary Information:

Proposed 2017-18 spending plan: $73,926,409
Percent increase/decrease: 2.84%
Proposed tax levy: $44,330,359
Projected 2017-18 local tax rate: $19.50/thousand of assessed value
Current 2016-17 tax rate: $19.02
2016-17 tax levy: $43,253,921
Percent increase/decrease in tax levy: 2.49%
Does the budget fall below the tax cap? Yes, the district’s tax cap is $44,740,140 -- 2.83% higher than 16-17. The District's proposed 2017-18 local tax levy is $409,781 BELOW cap.
Projected 2017-18 state & federal aid: $26,706,550
2016-17 state & federal aid: $26,443,060


Vote May 16, 2017

Budget Adopted for 2016-17Budget Proposed for 2017-18Contingency Budget for 2017-18*

Total Budgeted Amount

$71,881,434$73,926,409$72,619,572

Increase for 17-18 Budget

NA$2,044,975$738,138

% Increase

2.84%1.03%

Change in Consumer Price Index

NA1.26%NA

Proposed School Year Tax Levy

$43,023,522$44,330,359NA

Total Permissible Exclusions

$1,172,899$1,400,150NA

A. Proposed School Year Tax Levy (without permissible exclusions)

$41,850,623$42,930,209NA

B. School Tax Levy Limit (without permissible exclusions)

$42,337,055$43,339,990NA
Difference: B-A$486,432$409,781NA

Administrative Component

$6,110,088$6,286,428$6,259,201

Program Component

$54,189,895$56,093,061$55,143,527

Capital Component

$11,581,451$11,546,920$11,216,845

*NOTE: This contingency budget is an estimate. The Board of Education may submit the budget to voters no more than two (2) times. If the proposed 2017-2018 budget is not passed on May 16, the Board has three options. It may choose to resubmit the same budget or submit an adjusted budget for a second vote (on June 20, 2017), or immediately adopt a contingency budget. If the same budget, or an adjusted budget, is not passed by voters on June 21, the Board is mandated to adopt a contingency budget. NYS Education Law allows 0% increase to the local tax levy under a contingency budget. Therefore, a contingency budget will usually necessitate reductions in order to meet the spending caps imposed by law. The contingent budget estimate shown above conforms to Education Law requirements. Component totals may change based on priorities determined by the Board of Education during development of a contingency budget.

The estimated total that would need to be reduced under a contingency budget is $1,306,837.

Separate Propositions not impacting the Total Budgeted Amount above:

Capital Bus Purchase Proposition ---------------------------- $731,199
Wood Library Proposition --------------------------------------- $648,000
Capital Equipment Reserve Fund Proposition ------------------$5,000,000
Building Acquisition/Renovation Proposition ------------- $6,000,000


More School Budget Notice Information

Basic STAR Exemption Impact

Estimated Basic STAR (School Tax Relief) Exemption savings based on a hypothetical home within the school district with a full value of $100,000:

2016-17

Adopted Budget*

2017-18

Proposed Budget**

Basic STAR tax savings $582.00 $582.00
School tax increase$ 0.00$ 48.00
Net basic STAR savings$582.00$534.00

*Based on district's 2016-17 true value tax rate of $19.02 per thousand of assessed value

**Based on district's projected 2017-18 true value tax rate of $19.50 per thousand of assessed value

Cost Per Pupil

New York State Law requires that comparative cost per pupil information and numbers and placement setting percentages of special education classified students be attached to each school district’s annual budget report. The information is supplied by the State of New York from fully audited data.

cost per pupil as of 2014 - 2015 regular education was $9,970 per student at canandaigua and special education was $26,334 per student at canandaigua both slightly lower than other schools and nys

The latest finalized data (shown above) is from 2014-2015. The cost per pupil measurement separates instructional expenditures for regular and special education. It is available both on a similar school and statewide basis.

Below, the numbers include costs for transportation, debt service, and district-wide administration.

Total Expenditures Per Pupil


Canandaigua Similar Districts NYS
$19,986$21,471

$22,556

Special Education Data

New York State Law requires that numbers and placement setting percentages of special education classified students be attached to each school district's annual budget report.

The table below displays information regarding the numbers and settings of students classified for special education services during 2015-2016. This data is available on a local and statewide basis.



Student Placement

(time in regular classroom)

Number of students for Canandaigua

#

Canandaigua

%

Similar Districts

%

NYS

%

80% or more

241

49.6%

56.4%

58.2%

40% to 79%

150

30.9%

19.2%

11.7%

Less than 40%

71

14.6%

17.3%

19.9%

Separate settings

12

2.5%

4.5%

5.3%

Other settings

(out-of district placements)

12

2.5%

2.6%

5.1%

Total Special Education

486

13.5%

13.1%

14.7%



Tax Levy Cap and Law

2017-2018 Calculation

Tax Levy Limit Law Overview

2017-18 is the 6th year that the state’s Property Tax Levy Limit Law is in effect. The law establishes a local school tax levy limit (cap) that determines the percentage of "yes" votes required for the budget to pass.

The law does not limit the individual tax bills of resident taxpayers. Assessments and equalization rates will still impact tax rates and affect individual tax bills similarly to previous years.

Formula for Calculating Tax Levy Limit

An 8-step formula (established by law) is utilized to calculate the school district's Tax Levy Limit and Maximum Allowable Tax Levy. By law, the district must submit a Tax Levy Limit number to the Office of the New York State Comptroller by March 1st of each year.

Canandaigua City School District
2017-2018 TAX LEVY LIMIT
The formulation below is the legally submitted tax levy limit calculation first filed with New York State Education Department by the Canandaigua City School District by the March 1, 2016 deadline.
Prior Year Tax Levy $43,253,921
×
Tax Base Growth Factor (supplied by NYS) 1.0162
$43,954,635
+
Prior Year PILOTs* $373,352

Prior Year Exclusions** $1,172,899
=
Adjusted Prior Year Levy $43,155,088
×
Allowable Growth Factor*** 1.0126
$43,698,842

Coming Year PILOTS* $358,852
+
Available Carryover $0
=
Tax Levy Limit $43,339,990
+
Coming Year Exclusions** $1,400,150
=
Maximum Allowable Tax Levy $44,740,140

NOTES:* PILOTs are Payment in Lieu Of Taxes agreements. These agreements are negotiated by the Ontario County Industrial Development Agency with a goal to stimulate the local economy. The school district has no influence over the length or annual dollar figures of regular PILOT agreements. A different type of payment in lieu of taxes agreement is the District's Pilot Increment Financing (PIF) agreement with Pinnacle North Shore project developer Morgan-LeChase. 2017-18 is the second year that agreement impacts this calculation. The District was able to negotiate the terms of this PIF with the developer. The terms, over time and if all conditions are met, are more favorable to District taxpayers than a normal PILOT agreement.

** Exclusions - The law allows three exclusions:

  • Local tax levy used to pay for some TRS/ERS pension contribution costs
  • Local tax levy used to pay for local share of capital expenses related to facilities, equipment, and transportation debt
  • Local tax levy used to pay for major court orders or judgments against the school district

Canandaigua's local capital costs impacting the formula this year total approximately $706,000. No local levy will be used to pay TRS/ERS costs for 2016-17 and there is no current court order against the District, so these items do not apply.

*** The Allowable Growth Factor is set by the law as either the CPI or 2%, whichever is lower. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) was officially set by NYS in February, 2017 at 1.62%, thus the 1.0162 multiplication factor utilized in the formula for 2017-2018 calculations.

Tax Levy Limit: What It Means

The formula indicates that Canandaigua’s Tax Levy Limit for 2017-2018 is $43,339,990. The Tax Levy Limit is the number used to determine whether a simple majority (50%+1) or super-majority (60%) is necessary for a proposed budget to be approved by district voters each May.

The Maximum Allowable Tax Levy ($44,740,140) includes Canandaigua’s legally allowable exclusions under the law. It is established in the formula after the Tax Levy Limit cap is calculated. Therefore, though Canandaigua’s Maximum Allowable Tax Levy is an increase of 3.43% from last year's actual local tax levy, it would still legally require only a simple majority for such a budget to pass because the Tax Levy Limit number is met.

The school district met its legal obligations regarding the tax cap calculation by submitting its original calculations prior to the March 1, 2017 deadline. The deadline falls prior to finalization of the New York State Budget and official state aid totals. Any re-calculation caused by the impact of the final NYS Budget has no ramifications regarding these legal obligations.

If the Board proposes a budget within the Tax Levy Limit cap, a simple majority is required for passage. The Board may legally propose a local tax levy higher than the calculated Tax Levy Limit. If so, a super-majority (60% "yes" votes) would be necessary to achieve budget approval.

Voting Procedure & Contingency Budget Rules

The Tax Levy Limit Law also establishes rules for additional community votes and contingency budgets. If the budget is not approved by voters in the annual May referendum, a single re-vote may be scheduled for the third Tuesday in June. The Board may submit the same or an adjusted budget for the June referendum, or immediately adopt a contingency budget and not hold a second vote in June.

If a June vote is held, and the budget is not approved by voters, the district must adopt a contingent budget. A contingent budget, per the Tax Levy Limit law, allows 0% increase in the local tax levy from the previous year.

Original Post: March 13, 2017

Development

2017-2018 Budget

The Budget Development Calendar was adopted by the Board of Education on November 17, 2016. It establishes the timeline for budget development and various deadlines for budget-related presentations at Board of Education meetings. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings and special budget workshops (if any).

Please be reminded that Board of Education meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. This change became effective in January, 2016.

Budget Development Calendar:

2-16-17: Regular Board Meeting - Operations Center, 6:30 p.m.

Probable: Presentations of Proposed 2017-18 Departmental Budgets:

Music
Special Programs
Athletics
Instructional & Support Technology
Transportation
Facilities & Grounds
Business Operations
Principals' Building Budgets
Central Operations Budgets - Instruction, Personnel & Support Services, etc.
3-9-17: Regular Board Meeting - Operations Center, 6:30 p.m.Superintendent's Draft Budget Presentation
3-23-17: Regular Board Meeting - Operations Center, 6:30 p.m.Superintendent's Executive Budget Presentation
4-6-17: Regular Board Meeting - Operations Center, 6:30 p.m. The state's self-imposed deadline for a final 2017-2018 New York State operating budget is April 1, 2017. If that deadline has been met, the Superintendent would be able to share verified 2017-2018 state aid estimates with the Board at this meeting.
Board Adoption of Proposed 2017-2018 District Operating Budget
4-13-17: Special Board Meeting (if necessary) - Operations Center, 6:30 p.m. The Board will meet to adopt a 2017-18 budget proposal if it has not done so already. This date is the last date possible for the Board to adopt a budget in time to meet state requirements.
There will be no meeting on this date if the Board adopted a budget proposal at an earlier date.
5-8-17: Public Presentation of 2017-18 School Budget Proposition Public hearing on proposed 2017-2018 School Operating Budget - Superintendent Lynne Erdle
Location: District Operations Center, 5500 Airport Road, Canandaigua
Time: 6:30 p.m.
5-16-17: Budget Referendum & BOE Annual Election Polls open 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Please Note: The District will provide two polling places for the May 16th vote. Those two locations are the Primary-Elementary School LINK gymnasium and the Cheshire Fire Hall.

Components

Administration Component

2016-2017 2017-2018

Board of Education $47,600 $47,600

Central Administration 1,289,730 1,331,437

Building Administration 1,824,284 1,887,114

Curriculum Development 291,022 283,626

BOCES Administration 340,460 340,460

District Contractual Services 325,800 325,800

Employee Benefits 1,191,192 2,070,391

TOTAL $6,110,088 $6,286,428

Capital Component

15.61% of Total Proposed Budget

2016-2017 2017-2018

Operations & Maintenance $4,025,814 $4,119,549

BOCES 239,540 239,540

Debt Service 5,976,151 5,794,588

Employee Benefits 1,339,946 1,393,243

TOTAL $11,581,451 $11,546,920

Program Component

75.88% of Total Proposed Budget

2016-2017 2017-2018

Program

Instruction (includes Regular Ed.,
Special Ed.,
BOCES) $30,509,641 $31,318,514

Instructional Media 2,489,842 2,803,901

Pupil Services (Support Salaries - Guidance,
Health, Psych., Library, G/T, non-instruction) 2,423,281 2,659,311

Interscholastic Athletics 928,228 971,677

Transportation 3,241,959 3,162,367

Community Services/Community Education 6,200 6,200

Employee Benefits
(Retirement, Social Security, Insurance) 14,590,744 15,171,091

TOTAL $54,189,895 $56,093,061

Revenue Highlights

The final New York State budget has not been passed as of March 27, 2017. The Governor and State Legislature have expressed their intentions to meet the annual April 1 deadline for budget passage. The revenue figures below utilize the Governor's original state aid allocations as proposed in his executive budget proposal of January, 2017. It is possible that Canandaigua will in fact realize higher levels of state aid when the budget is finalized.

The Numbers: (adopted by the Board of Education on March 23, 2017)

2016-2017 2017-2018

State Aid $25,911,060 $26,176,550

Federal Aid - Special Education 380,000 380,000

Medicaid Reimbursement 152,000 150,000

Local Taxes (local tax levy) 43,253,921 44,330,359

Payments in lieu of Taxes 373,352 363,000

Appropriated Fund Balance 269,601 755,000

General Fund Interest Earnings 185,000 200,000

Miscellaneous Revenue - tuition, transfers,
fees, rentals, reimbursements 367,500 371,500

Inter-fund Transfer (Reserves) 989,000 1,200,000

TOTAL BUDGET $71,881,434 $73,926,409

Projected Local Tax Impact

2017-2018 Proposed Budget

Total Budget ................................................... $73,926,409

Local Levy Increase ........................................ $ 1,076,438

Increase of 2.49% (2016-17 Consumer Price Index increase...1.26%)

*Projected 17-18 True Value Tax Rate (March, 2017)...................... $19.50/thousand

This rate is 48 cents higher than the current rate, but might end up lower when final tax warrants are submitted by each municipality after they complete assessments in August, 2017.
Actual 16-17 True Value Tax Rate.......$19.02/thousand

*Projected 17-18 School Tax Bill Increase.......... $48.00
(based on unchanged $100,000 assessment w/Basic STAR)

Note: NYS Education Law mandates tax impact information be
shown based on $100,000 single-family home assessment with Basic STAR

Projected Tax Bill Increase Estimates for Higher Assessment Levels

$72.00 decrease for $150,000 home w/Basic STAR
$96.00 decrease for $200,000 home w/Basic STAR
$120.00 decrease for $250,000 home w/Basic STAR
$144.00 decrease for $300,000 home w/Basic STAR

* assumes unchanged total assessments for these homes.

Presentations

2017-2018 Proposed Budget

The Canandaigua City School District officials will provide presentations to the general public detailing the proposed 2017-2018 school operating budget.


Remaining Presentations on the 2017-2018 School Budget Proposal:

Date: May 1, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Middle School Library (use Granger Street main entrance)
Event: PTSA Meeting - open to all residents, walk-ins welcome
Date: May 2, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: North auditorium (old Primary Aud.) - use parking lot off W. Gibson St.
Event: Faculty/Staff presentation; open to all residents
Date: May 2, 2017
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location: American Legion Post #256, N. Main St., Canandaigua
Event: Kiwanis Club meeting; Call Deborah Kelly at 394-4922 x112 to RSVP as a courtesy to the Kiwanis Club
Date: May 2, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Canandaigua Academy auditorium
Event: Faculty/Staff presentation; open to all residents
Date: May 3, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Administration Center, 143 North Pearl St., Canandaigua
Event: Staff presentation; open to all residents
Date: May 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: District Operations Center, 5500 Airport Road, Canandaigua
Event: Staff presentation; open to all residents
Date: May 8, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: District Operations Center, 5500 Airport Road, Canandaigua (off Rt. 332)
Event: Official Public Presentation of 2017-18 Budget Proposal; open to all residents
Date: May 11, 2017
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Wine & Culinary Center, Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua
Event: Rotary Club meeting - Call Karen Sprentall at ksprentall@cnbank.com to RSVP and become a guest of the Rotary Club at the meeting
Residents of Canandaigua may attend any of these presentations. When the presentation is scheduled as part of a community organization's meeting, please contact the organization beforehand to express your interest in attending.

Previous Presentations:

Date: April 25, 2017
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Middle School Room 88
Event: Faculty/Staff presentation; open to all residents

The Budget Vote & Board of Education election will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Cheshire Fire Hall and Elementary School auxiliary gymnasium.

Ballot

Vote May 16, 2017

Authorization of $73,926,409 in expenditures for the Canandaigua City School District operating budget for the 2017-2018 school year.

Actual resolution wording on the ballot:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the City School District of the City of Canandaigua in the County of Ontario, State of New York, be and hereby is authorized to expend the sum of $73,926,409 for the 2017-2018 school year and to levy the necessary tax therefore.

The Board has approved several other propositions that will appear on the May 16, 2017 ballot. They are:

Proposition 1

Authorization of expenditure of a maximum of $499,199 for the purchase of new school transportation vehicles.

Actual proposition wording on ballot:

Shall the bond resolution adopted by the Board of Education of the City School District of the City of Canandaigua, New York, dated March 9, 2017, authorizing the acquisition of three 74-passenger school buses at an estimated aggregate cost of $332,359, two 48-passenger wheelchair buses at an estimated aggregate cost of $252,457, one 72-passenger rear engine bus, at an estimated cost of $126,383, and one 5-passenger car at an estimated cost of $20,000, all at an estimated maximum aggregate cost of $731,199, less trade-in value, if any, and the appropriation and expenditure from the existing 2014 Transportation Vehicle Reserve Fund of $232,000 for such cost; the levy of a tax to be collected in annual installments therefor; the issuance of debt obligations of the School District as may be necessary, not to exceed $499,199, shall be issued, or the board of education may appropriate in its discretion undesignated available fund balance therefor, all be approved?

Proposition 2

Authorization for purchase of property (2 acres) and a building on Parkside Drive to permanently house the District's alternative school setting, the Canandaigua Academic & Career Center, for a maximum cost of $650,000.

Note: The District is currently leasing this space and property for the CACC program.

Actual proposition wording on ballot:

Shall the bond resolution adopted by the Board of Education of the City School District of the City of Canandaigua, New York, dated March 9, 2017, authorizing capital costs consisting of the acquisition and reconstruction of a building, to include up to approximately two (2) acres of land located at 5262 Parkside Drive, Canandaigua, New York, and the acquisition of certain original furnishings, equipment, and apparatus and other incidental improvements required in connection therewith for such construction and school use, at an estimated maximum aggregate cost of $650,000; and providing that such cost, or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be raised by the levy of a tax to be collected in annual installments with such tax to be partially offset by state aid available therefor, and in anticipation of such tax, the issuance of debt obligations of the School District as may be necessary, not to exceed $650,000, shall be issued, or the board of education may appropriate in its discretion undesignated available fund balance therefor, all be approved? A metes and bounds legal description of such real property to be acquired will be available for inspection at such voter meeting and is hereby incorporated and adopted herein.

Proposition 3

Authorization for establishment of a Capital Reserve Fund for an ultimate amount of $5 million(plus interest earnings) and have a probable life of ten years (or until liquidated).

Actual proposition wording on ballot:

Resolved that the Board of Education of the City School District of the City of Canandaigua, New York, is hereby authorized to establish a Capital Reserve Fund pursuant to Section 3651 of the Education Law (to be known as the “2017 Capital Reserve Fund”), with the purpose of such fund being to finance site work, construction, reconstruction and improvement of school buildings and facilities, including original furnishings, equipment, machinery or apparatus incidental thereto, and the purchase of technology equipment, transportation vehicles, furnishings, and other equipment, machinery or apparatus separately; provided that such capital costs are an object or purpose that would be eligible for financing under the Local Finance Law, the ultimate amount of such fund to be $5,000,000, plus earnings thereon, the probable term of such fund to be 10 years, but such fund shall continue in existence until liquidated in accordance with the Education Law or until the funds are exhausted, and the sources from which the funds shall be obtained for such Reserve are (i) amounts from budgetary appropriations from time to time, and (ii) unappropriated fund balance made available by the Board of Education from time to time, and (iii) New York State Aid received and made available by the Board of Education from time to time, all as permitted by law.

Note: NYS Education Law mandates voter referendums in order for the Board of Education to establish new reserve funds for these purposes.

Proposition 4

Authorization of an increase to the annual Wood Library community-based funding tax from $630,000 annually to $648,0000 annually. This tax is exclusively for the operation of Canandaigua's public Wood Library. By law, Wood Library is incorporated to serve the residents of the Canandaigua City School District. Therefore the Wood Library tax is collected annually as a separate line on the school tax bill and passed through immediately to the Wood Library Association to support library services and programs.

The library will hold public information sessions about this proposition in early May.

Actual proposition wording on ballot:

Resolved, that pursuant to Education Law, Section 259, the Board of Education of the Canandaigua City School District is authorized to levy and collect an annual tax, year after year, separate and apart from the annual school district budget, in the amount of $648,000, which shall be paid to the Wood Library Association of Canandaigua for the support and maintenance of the library; with this appropriated amount to be the annual appropriation until thereafter modified by a future vote of the electors of the Canandaigua City School District.

School Board Election

Voters will elect two persons to serve on the Board of Education. The top two vote-getters will receive full five-year terms. The total number of candidates is still unconfirmed (see below) at this time (March 20, 2017).

The terms of Mr. Joseph Delforte and Mrs. Michelle Pedzich expire on June 30, 2017. Mr. Delforte has expressed to the Board that it is his desire to NOT run for another term. Mrs. Pedzich has collected a candidate petition and has indicated an interest in pursuing another term.

Two other candidates have already filed the required petitions:

Mark LaRoach
Jennifer Schneider

Note: The deadline for Board of Education candidate petitions to be submitted to the District Clerk in order to run for a seat on the Board is the end of the business day on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Election

Three candidates will run for two open seats on the Board of Education in this year's election.

The terms of current Board members Michelle Pedzich and Joseph Delforte expire on June 30, 2017. Mrs. Pedzich is running for another term. Mr. Delforte has chosen to not seek another term. Mr. Mark LaRoach and Dr. Jennifer Schneider will seek their first terms. The open seats are for five years, to begin on July 1, 2017.

The candidates are (in order that they will appear on the May 16th ballot):

Mrs. Michelle Pedzich - Mrs. Pedzich is completing her first term on the Board. She was elected in 2012. She is a Vice-President and Director of Human Resources at Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Company and was a 2008 recipient of Rochester’s 40-Under-40 Award. On the school Board, Mrs. Pedzich has served on the Audit/Finance, Policy, Character Education/Wellness, and Board Development/Superintendent Relations subcommittees. She has also served as Board representative to the District’s Council for Instructional Excellence. Prior to election to the Board, she served the school district on its Professional Development Committee. She earned a Master of Science in Human Resources Development from RIT in 2004 and holds a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo. Mrs. Pedzich and her husband, Keith, a teacher at Canandaigua Academy, have a daughter who attends the high school. The family resides on East Street in Canandaigua.

Mr. Mark LaRoach - Mr. LaRoach seeks his first term on the Canandaigua City School District Board of Education. He is a retired Superintendent of Schools, serving as superintendent in Maine, New Hampshire, and most recently in Vestal, New York, where he retired in January, 2016, after a 43-year career in public education. Mr. LaRoach holds Masters degrees in Education from Canisius College and in Educational Administration and School Business Administration from Niagara University. A native of Lockport, N.Y., he was a member of the Army National Guard and was active in the Rotary Club of Vestal before retiring to Canandaigua in 2016. He and his wife, Cheryl, have three grown children. The couple resides on Kennedy Street in the City of Canandaigua.

Dr. Jennifer Schneider - Dr. Schneider seeks her first term on the Board. She is a professor and FRAM chair at RIT, and leads a university-wide student-focused initiative in Applied Critical Thinking. She holds a Doctorate from UMASS Lowell College of Engineering and a Masters from University of Rochester. Dr. Schneider began her career as an engineer in local industry before transitioning twenty years ago to RIT, where her students have a 97% immediate career placement rate and she volunteers to mentor students in academic distress. She was an appointee to the NYS Respond Commission in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. As a Canandaigua PTSA parent representative, she has served on the District’s Plan for Excellence development committee. Currently, she is on the District Technology committee, and Council for Instructional Excellence. Dr. Schneider and her husband, Tim, have two daughters who attend Canandaigua schools. The family lives on Parrish Street Extension in the Town of Canandaigua.

Previous Budgets / Elections

2016 - 2017

On Tuesday, May 17th, Canandaigua City School District voters overwhelmingly approved the $71.8 million spending plan for 2016-2017, passed a vehicle purchase proposition and two propositions that authorized establishment of specific reserve funds, and elected Mrs. Jeanie Grimm and Mr. Ralph Undercoffler to 5-year terms on the Board of Education.

The final budget vote total was:

Yes - 1,273
No - 478

The District projects that the maximum local tax rate impact of the approved budget will be an increase of 31 cents to $19.33/thousand. The actual 2016-2017 school tax rate will not be determined until August, 2016 when all tax warrants are determined.

Board of Education Election

Voters elected current Board President Jeanie Grimm to her third 5-year term on the Board of Education. They also elected Ralph Undercoffler to his first 5-year term. The final Board of Education election vote totals were:

Mrs. Jeanie Grimm - 1,442
Mr. Ralph Undercoffler - 1,310

Both will begin their terms on July 1, 2016. Current Board member Jeannie Kesel chose to retire from the Board when her term ends on June 30th. She did not seek re-election.

“I continue to be honored to be serving the District," says Board of Education President Jeanie Grimm, "and I am sure newly elected Board member Ralph Undercoffler feels the same. We are most excited that the community supports the budget and the District propositions.”

Propositions

Proposition #1: A proposition to purchase new transportation vehicles was also approved. The current plan is to purchase six new 72-passenger buses and 1 minibus at a maximum of $755,000 by utilizing the District’s Transportation Reserve Fund and Fund Balance. There will be no upward impact to the budget.

Proposition #2: A proposition to establish a new building capital Reserve Fund was approved by a vote of 1,251 - 506. The new fund will accrue to a maximum of $10,000,000 and have an anticipated life of ten years.

Proposition #3: A proposition to establish a new Transportation vehicle Reserve Fund was passed by a vote of 1,248 - 492. This fund will accrue to a maximum of $6,000,000 and carries an anticipated life of five years.

“I offer my sincere thanks to our community for once again supporting our school district," says Superintendent of Schools Lynne Erdle. "This budget was developed with a focus on offering quality programs and services to our students, while understanding the fiscal needs of our community. I appreciate the trust and confidence our residents have placed in our district.”

Wood Library Proposition

District voters also approved a proposition to increase the Wood Library’s annual community-based funding appropriation to $630,000 from the current level of $622,000. The increase will take effect in October, 2016. Residents will see the Wood Library appropriation as a separate line on their school tax bills. The first $630,000 in school taxes collected by the District is passed through to Wood Library to meet the library’s annual operating expenses. The library appropriation has no effect on school district budgets, taxes, or finances.

The Wood Library vote totals were:

Yes - 1,176
No - 585



2016-2017 Budget Summary Information:

Approved 2016-17 spending plan: $71,881,434
Percent increase/decrease: 1.64%
Proposed tax levy: $43,023,522
Projected 2016-17 local tax rate: $19.33/thousand of assessed value
Current 2015-16 tax rate: $19.02
2015-16 tax levy: $42,381,568
Percent increase/decrease in tax levy: 1.51%
Does the budget fall below the tax cap? Yes, the district’s tax cap is $43,913,157 -- 2.66%. The District's proposed 2016-17 local tax levy is $889,635 BELOW cap.
2016-17 state & federal aid: $26,443,060
2014-15 state & federal aid: $25,980,651

2015 - 2016

Canandaigua City School District voters overwhelmingly approved a $70.7 million spending plan for 2015-2016 on Tuesday, May 19th. The Board of Education ratified the vote totals at its meeting on May 21, 2015. The final budget vote total was:

Yes - 1,522 (69.1%)
No - 638

Absentee ballots (counted in above total) were:

Yes - 83 (66.9%)
No - 41

The District projects that the maximum local tax rate impact of the approved budget will be an increase of 20 cents to $19.27/thousand. The actual 2015-2016 school tax rate will not be determined until August, 2015 when all tax warrants are determined.

Board of Education Election

Voters elected Cheryl Birx to a 5-year term on the Board of Education. She defeated Dr. John McGuire for the seat. Mrs. Birx will begin her term on July 1, 2015. Current Board member Michelle Raeman chose to retire from the Board when her term ends on June 30th. She did not seek re-election.

The final Board of Education election vote totals were:

Mrs. Cheryl Birx - 1,254
Dr. John McGuire - 751

“I believe in and value good public education as essential in life and in the life of a community, and this vote confirms that our Canandaigua community also believes our program is essential to support,” says Board of Education President Jeanie Grimm. “Thanks to the positive vote today, we can carry on with an excellent educational program that provides every school-aged child in Canandaigua with opportunity and challenge. I and my colleagues thank Michelle for her fine service and look forward to working with our new member of the Board, Cheryl Birx. We have an exciting year ahead of us in 2015-2016!"

Transportation Vehicle Purchase Proposition

A proposition to purchase new transportation vehicles was also passed easily. The current plan is to purchase six new 72-passenger buses and one mini-bus at a maximum of $757,000 by utilizing the District’s Transportation Reserve Fund and Fund Balance. There will be no upward impact to the budget.

The final vote tally was:

Yes - 1,544 (72.1%)
No - 597

“In my three years as Superintendent, I have always been buoyed by the confidence shown in the teachers, administrators and support staff of the Canandaigua City School District by our voters,” says Superintendent of Schools Lynne Erdle. “Aligned with this approved budget, our long-range strategic plan -- the Plan for Excellence -- gives us the framework for very real improvements to the District next year. But it is the support of our residents, both financially and through their participation in our schools, that makes us the fine school system that we are.”

Wood Library Funding Proposition

District voters also approved a proposition to increase the Wood Library’s annual community-based funding appropriation to $622,000 from the current level of $610,000. The increase will take effect in October, 2015. Residents will see the Wood Library appropriation as a separate line on their school tax bills. The first $622,000 in school taxes collected by the District is passed through to Wood Library to meet the library’s annual operating expenses. The library appropriation has no effect on school district budgets, taxes, or finances.

The Wood Library vote totals were:

Yes - 1,313 (61.2%
No - 834


2015-2016 Budget Summary Information:

Proposed 2015-16 spending plan: $70,721,717
Percent increase/decrease: 2.93%
Proposed tax levy: $42,381,568
Projected 2015-16 local tax rate: $19.27/thousand of assessed value
Current 2014-15 tax rate: $19.07
2014-15 tax levy: $41,961,492
Percent increase/decrease in tax levy: 1.00%
Does the budget fall below the tax cap? Yes, the district’s tax cap is 4.32%
2015-16 state & federal aid: $25,980,651
2014-15 state & federal aid: $24,087,955

2014 - 2015

Canandaigua City School District voters overwhelmingly approved the $68.7 million spending plan for 2014-2015 described below on Tuesday, May 20th. There were 1,407 votes in favor; 720 against. The total vote of 2,127 (13.4% of eligible voters) was a slightly larger turnout than last year, but significantly less than 2012’s record 25%. There are currently 15,910 registered voters in the Canandaigua City School District.

“Speaking for the Board of Education, we are gratified that the Canandaigua community continues to place a high value on the excellence of our educational program, and backs that with [strong] support of the school district’s budget,” says Board of Education President Jeanie Grimm. “Thanks to that support, we will be able to meet the needs of our students in 2014-2015 and respond to initiatives identified in our new 5-year Plan for Excellence. That strategic plan will guide our efforts to make this district better and better in the years to come. The Board is pledged to be a careful steward of the dollars our community invests in us as we work toward these improvements.”

Voters elected Mr. Bill Patrowicz and Mrs. Beth Thomas to 5-year terms on the Board of Education. Mrs. Thomas tallied 1,473 votes and Mr. Patrowicz collected 1,304. Both Mrs. Thomas and Mr. Patrowicz are current members of the Board of Education. Their new terms begin on July 1, 2014.

The proposition to purchase six new 74-passenger buses and one 35-passenger bus for the district at a maximum cost of $760,000 was also approved by a 1,430-665 vote.

Residents also authorized the District to establish a new 5-year term Transportation Reserve Fund to replace a similar fund expiring at the end of this school year. Monies left in the expiring fund ($313,559) will be transferred to seed the new reserve at the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. The Transportation Reserve vote totals were 1,387-677.

“This is a true vote of confidence in both the Board of Education and the employees of the Canandaigua City School District,” says Superintendent of Schools Lynne Erdle. “I believe we are poised to take an already excellent public school system and make it one of the very best in the state, one that befits the level of support we enjoy from our community. I look forward to meeting the challenges ahead as we strive to meet our new Vision and Mission statements with innovative, cost-effective action.”

Finally, District voters also easily approved a proposition to increase the Wood Library’s annual community-based funding appropriation to $610,000 from the current level of $600,000. The vote was 1,271 in favor, 818 against. The increase will take effect in October, 2014. Residents will see the Wood Library appropriation as a separate line on their school tax bills. The first $610,000 in school taxes collected by the District is passed through to Wood Library to meet the library’s annual operating expenses. The library appropriation has no effect on school district budgets, taxes, or finances.

2014-2015 Budget Highlights

Total Budget: $68,706,692
Local Tax Levy Increase: $1,176,401
% Increase in Tax Levy: 2.88% (The levy increase is under Canandaigua’s NYS Tax Levy Limit of 3.05%; therefore, simple majority vote necessary for passage)
Projected True Value Tax Rate: $19.75/thousand (the current rate is $19.19)

Projected School Tax Bill Increase for various assessments (w/Basic STAR):

$100,000 assessment: $45
$150,000 assessment: $73
$200,000 assessment: $101
$250,000 assessment: $129
$300,000 assessment: $157

Absentee Ballot

Absentee ballots for school district votes are available in accordance with the provisions of Section 2018-a of Education Law.

Any resident who would like to vote by absentee ballot must fill out an application for the absentee ballot.

Getting Your Application

There are three ways to get an application:

  • Call the District Clerk at 396-3710. An application form will be sent to you.
  • Stop in person to request an application at the District Administration Center, 143 North Pearl Street, Canandaigua.
  • Print an application form at home by Clicking Here

Completed applications must be received by the District Clerk at least 7 days before the election if the absentee ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or on the day before the election if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter.

Casting Your Vote by Absentee Ballot

Complete your absentee ballot. All completed absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the election in order to be tabulated. You may:

  • Deliver your completed ballot to the District Administration Center, 143 North Pearl St. in Canandaigua.
  • Mail your completed ballot to:
    District Clerk
    Canandaigua City School District
    143 North Pearl St.
    Canandaigua, NY 14424

The only exception to this procedure is that all permanently disabled registered voters in the school district will automatically be sent an absentee ballot by mail.

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Voting Locations and Procedures

Optical Scan Voting Machines in Use: This will be the third year that district residents will utilize optical scan voting machines for the Canandaigua City School District Budget Vote and Board Election. Voters receive a card with the various propositions and Board of Education candidates listed. Voters darken an appropriate circle using a felt-tip type marker indicating their vote selections. The completed card is then be fed into the optical scan machine to record the vote. Trained elections inspectors help ensure voter confidentiality and proper usage of the scanning machines.

Poll Locations: The Canandaigua City School District will provide two polling places for the May 15, 2018 Budget Vote and Board Election. The two polling locations help make voting more convenient for residents and ensure that the District meets state election requirements.

Residents who live in the North part of the school district (or east of the City and lake) will continue to vote at the Canandaigua Elementary School LINK gymnasium facility. With a few exceptions, residents south of the City will vote at the Cheshire Fire Hall, 4285 Rt. 21 in the hamlet of Cheshire. The line that determines the north-south split is drawn to conform with voting precincts that already exist. and the explanation below for details.

Vote at the Elementary School LINK gymnasium if you live in:

1) City of Canandaigua

2) Town of Canandaigua in Voting Districts 01, 02, and 03

3) Towns of East Bloomfield, Farmington, Gorham & Hopewell

Vote at the Cheshire Fire Hall if you live in:

1) Town of Canandaigua in Voting Districts 04, 05, 06, and 07

2) Towns of Bristol & South Bristol