Dates that matter before May 15

It’s 14 weeks before voters in most school districts across the state vote on school budgets. May 15 will be here in the blink of an eye. Heck my backyard already looks like spring with daffodil up 3 to 4 inches!

So last week was the blog post about how important it is to identify people who will help get a budget passed  and to think about the kind of work they would do.

This week, if you haven’t filled that budget committee yet, keep seeking volunteers. Here’s a list of some important dates to help you plan.

  • By March 1, districts must submit the budget numbers to calculate the tax levy limit. (remember this is all about the 2 percent property tax cap.)
  • By April 20 school boards must have adopted their 2012-13 school budget.
  • By April 21 districts must submit the property tax report card to the State Education Department and the newspaper they designated at their organizational meeting for official notices.
  • Between May 1-8 Districts must hold a budget hearing
  • Between May 2-9 Districts must mail to residents the notice of the school budget
  • May 15 Districts must hold the public vote on the 2012-13 school budget



  1. Brian February 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Very useful post Betsy… We have been busy planning phone banks, mailings, seeking candidates, and imploring our BOE to put up as big of a budget as possible. We’ve also started several new initiatives. Would love to talk with other locals on what new steps they are taking this year to pierce the cap…

    • Betsy Sandberg February 7, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      Brian, so far you are the first I’ve heard. Hopefully others will follow. Will talk with you about your new initiatives.

  2. Steve Freeman February 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    By March 1, districts must submit the budget numbers to whom? Is this information FOILable?

    • Betsy Sandberg February 8, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      I will update the post as soon as I can. Thanks for the question

    • Betsy Sandberg February 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

      Here is what the statute requires.
      Each school must report to the state Comptrollor, state department of Tax and Finance and the State Education Department on a form developed by OSC the various data needed to calculate the tax limit in each school district. Tax and Finance will then determine if the school’s calculations are accurate and verifies the tax cap limit.
      The information could be obtained under the Freedom of Information Law if you don’t get it just by asking for it.
      Does that help?

  3. Brian February 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Last night our Supe presented his proposed budget for next year. It includes a 4.5% tax increase which will still result in 20.6 (out of our 307 members) teaching jobs lost. We are hoping that after the community tells the district that they can’t live with these cuts our BOE will put up a higher number. At that point it is up to our membership to do the leg work to get 60% to pass it. Much work to be done this year.

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