FROM THE OFFICE OF JOHN J. BELMONTE - ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR BUSINESS
SAYVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
May 19, 2020
This has certainly been the most difficult School Budget process we have ever experienced. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of society, and we must adapt to this new normal to persevere. We have already taken measures to cut costs that can sustain our students, staff, and excellent educational programs and will continue to be proactive as we deal with the unknowns ahead.
Regarding the Proposed Budget, we are mindful that New York State projections warn of an additional 20% shortfall in State Aid in the upcoming academic year. The Governor has also proposed a month-to-month roll-out of State Aid—depending on the economy’s recovery rate—that affects current budgets. However, despite these uncertain times, Sayville is presenting a fiscally responsible plan that supports our instructional opportunities and preserves programs for our students.
SUMMATION: At the March 12th, 2020 meeting, the Sayville Board of Education adopted the 2020-2021 Proposed Budget. This budget represents a $96,208,308 spending plan with a budget increase of 1.97% and a proposed increase on the tax rate of 1.99% which is BELOW the calculated Tax Cap of 2.01%, requiring a simple majority to pass. For the average home assessed at $40,000 there will be an estimated increase of $157/year or $13 per month.
Please review the Budget Issue of Tidings carefully when it arrives in your mailbox and check out this website and subpages for details in all the Budget presentations. We know that the entire Sayville community is facing unprecedented times, but we are here, working for you and your children to make the best of it.
For news and updates regarding the Budget Process, please check back regularly and click on the appropriate subpages at left.