Budget

Budget Vote: May 21, 2019 - 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.


2019-2020 Proposed Budget

2019-20 Budget Numbers

The Canandaigua City School District Board of Education adopted this 2018-2019 district operating budget proposal at its meeting on April 8, 2019.

SUMMARY

Total Budget: $76,361,991 -- up .5%
Local Tax Levy: $46,530,289 -- up 2.4%
Projected Local Tax Rate: $19.12 (current true value tax rate is $18.66; $19.44 in Town of Bristol under equalization rate and $19.04 in Town of Hopewell under equalization rate)
Projected School Tax Bill Increase** (on $100,000 assessment): $45.74
**The District has projected a NYS capped regular STAR exemption at $560.00 for 2019-20. 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 21, 2019.

Three-Part Budget:

2018-2019 2019-2020
Program ................................................ $57,886,559 $59,292,541
Capital ................................................ $11,621,894 $10,677,148
Administration ................................................ $6,487,669 $6,392,302
Total Budget ................................................ $75,996,122 $76,361,991

Three part budget pie chart; Admin costs 8.37% of budget; Program 77.65% of budget; Capital 13.98% of budgetThree Part Budget Information

Ballot

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE OF CANANDAIGUA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

BUDGET HEARING AND ANNUAL VOTE AND ELECTION

Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the qualified, registered voters of the City School District of the City of Canandaigua will be held in the Canandaigua Primary-Elementary School, West Gibson Street and Cheshire Fire Hall, 4285 State Route 21 South, on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Prevailing Time, for the purpose of voting on such business as authorized by Education Law.

A statement of the amount of money which will be required for the ensuing year for school purposes and a copy of the report of the total assessed value of the final assessed value of the final assessment roll(s) used in the budgetary process that is exempt from taxation may be obtained by district residents during the fourteen (14) days prior to the vote between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the District Office and all school buildings in the district.

Notice is also given that a public budget hearing will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., Prevailing Time, at the Canandaigua City School District Operations Center at 5500 Airport Road for the purposes of discussion of the expenditures of funds and the budgeting thereof for the fiscal year July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

To elect two (2) members of the Board each for a five-year term commencing July 1, 2019 and expiring on June 30, 2024 to succeed incumbents Bill Patrowicz and Beth Thomas and to elect one (1) member of the Board of Education for a term commencing immediately after the election and expiring on June 30, 2021, completing the term formerly held by Ralph Undercoffler, whose resignation was effective July 2, 2018. The two (2) highest votes will receive the full five (5) year terms and the third (3rd) highest will receive the unexpired term.

Notice is also given that petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education must be signed by at least 100 qualified voters of the district and must be filed with the Clerk of the district by 5:00 p.m., Prevailing Time, on May 1, 2019.

Notice is further given that at such election and vote on May 21, 2019, the following propositions shall be presented:

BUDGET RESOLUTION

Shall be the Annual School District Budget.


PROPOSITION 1 – TRANSPORTATION PURCHASE

Shall the bond resolution adopted by the Board of Education of the City School District of the City of Canandaigua, New York, dated March 11, 2019, authorizing the acquisition of (5) 74-passenger C-2 buses at an estimated maximum cost of $126,150 each, and two SUV-type vehicles, at an estimated maximum cost of $39,000 each, all at an estimated maximum aggregate cost of $708,750, less trade-in value, if any, and the appropriation and expenditure from the existing 2014 Transportation Vehicle Reserve Fund of $215,000 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 $493,750, or the board of education may appropriate in its discretion undesignated available fund balance therefor, all be approved?

PROPOSITION 2 – WOOD LIBRARY ASSOCIATION OF CANANDAIGUA

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 $700,268, 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.

All qualified voters residing in the Canandaigua City School District who are registered voters and still reside in the same location are entitled to vote at the annual school election. (Qualified voters are citizens of the United States, eighteen years of age and older and a legal resident within the district for a period of thirty days preceding the election.) Registration may also take place throughout the year at the Ontario County Board of Elections. In addition, all other qualified voters must present themselves in person before the District Clerk with proof of identity and proof of address on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in order to be entitled to vote on May 21, 2019.

Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained at the office of the School District Clerk. The District Clerk must receive applications at least seven days before the election and vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. For any questions, please call (585) 396-3710.

By order of the Board of Education of the City School District of the City of Canandaigua.

Deborah Sundlov, District Clerk

Canandaigua City School District


Board Election

There are three open seats on the Board of Education to be contested by election on May 15th. The seats of current Board members Beth Thomas, Bill Patrowicz, and Joe Delforte. Joe Delforte is completing the unexpired vacated term of Ralph Undercoffler. In the upcoming election, the two candidates with the most votes will be elected to five year terms. The third place candidate will complete the unexpired vacated term for two years.

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 7
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Organization: Canandaigua Kiwanis Club
Location: American Legion Post, N. Main St., Canandaigua

Date: May 7
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Organization: Canandaigua PTSA
Location: Canandaigua Middle School, 215 Granger Street, Canandaigua

Date: May 9
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Organization: Canandaigua Rotary Club
Location: American Legion Post, N. Main Street

Date: May 13
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Public Presentation
Location: District Operations Center, 5500 Airport Road, Canandaigua




Previous Budgets / Elections

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

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

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

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

2018-2019

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

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.

Voting Locations and Procedures

Poll Locations: The Canandaigua City School District will provide two polling places for the May 21, 2019 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