Budget

This page provides links to current and past budget and tax information.

2022-23 Budget

On Tuesday, May 17, residents of the Central Valley School District will go to the polls to vote on the district’s proposed $52,414,760 budget for the 2022-23 school year. The proposal would increase spending 2.62 percent or $1,340,598 from the current year. This would result in no increase in the tax levy. The proposed levy is less than the district’s tax levy limit and will require a simple majority for approval.

No tax levy increase

“The good news is that additional state aid and careful planning mean the proposal carries no tax levy increase,” said Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Rich.

“Over the years, the boards of education and school leaders have carefully managed the merger incentive aid, spending it in ways that extended its value beyond the promised 15 years. As a result, our taxpayers have seen tax levy increases that average less than 0.72 percent per year and our students have more course options, cutting-edge technology and brighter futures.”

“That said, inflation continues pushing up the cost of salaries, benefi ts, supplies, and busing and we anticipate special education costs will rise. Despite that, this budget proposal will not increase the tax levy.”

Capital project will not increase tax levy

Voters will also consider a $15 million capital project referendum to fund needed maintenance and repairs.

“This project addresses routine maintenance; and like the proposed budget, the capital project will not increase the tax levy,” said Mr. Rich.

The district will bond the work, then make annual payments using state building aid. The local share will be covered by money set aside in the voter-approved capital reserve fund. Together, the result is no increase in the local tax levy.

Mr. Rich expects that some taxpayers will wonder why Central Valley needs this work done so soon after having completed the previous capital project.

“Just like your home, our school buildings need to be maintained. The goal is to perform routine maintenance now to avoid more costly repairs in the future,” he said.

“We couldn’t fi t some of the work into the original capital project budget. Parts of our facilities have continued aging over the last nine years and have come to the end of their useful lives. When warranties expire on things such as roofs, we need to replace them. Utility costs have risen, so we need to update fixtures and equipment to reduce our electricity usage. Like our homes, things wear out. The best way to protect our community’s investment is to routinely take care of things.”

“The first question we hear when we talk about a capital project is, ‘How much will this cost the taxpayer?’” said Mr. Rich.

“First, state aid will cover 98 percent of the project. Second, the remaining 2 percent, our local share, will be paid for using money set aside in the district’s capital reserve fund. Last year, voters approved a referendum that allowed the board of education to set aside some of our merger incentive aid to establish a capital reserve fund. That fund will allow the district to undertake this important work and insulate our taxpayers from large tax increases.”

“The combination of state aid and the board’s good planning means there will be no increase in the local tax levy.”

What’s included?

Specifically, the referendum includes:

  • replacing roofs at CVA that have come to the end of their life/ warranty,

  • repaving the pothole-filled driveway and parking by the wall at CVA,

  • rebuilding the crumbling CVA back stairs on Weber Ave.,

  • replacing inefficient HVAC roof units at CVA, Barringer, and Fisher,

  • replacing fluorescent lighting at CVA and Barringer Road with energy-efficient LEDs,

  • expanding parking at Fisher,

  • completing Minnowbrook Stream restoration at Fisher,

  • modernizing scoreboards at CVA and Jarvis sports fields,

  • installing computer-controlled, state-of-the-art sign boards that feature Central Valley colors at Fisher, Barringer Road, Jarvis, and CVA entrances, and

  • renovating CVA main locker rooms.

Key numbers – 2022-23 budget

  • Total spending—$52,414,760; up 2.62 percent percent or $1,340,598 compared to the current year

  • Tax levy—$8,725,000; no increase

  • Board of education election—three candidates are running uncontested for three seats. Incumbents Jason Sanchez and Matt Darrow and new candidate Valerie Day will appear on the ballot.

A closer look at the tax levy since the merger

As Central Valley CSD enters its tenth year since the merger in 2013, the tax levy remains lower than the combined levies of Ilion and Mohawk in 2012-13.

The following chart traces the change in the tax levy since the merger in 2013.

Year

Tax Levy

$ Change Since Merger

% Change Since Merger

Combined Ilion/Mohawk 12-13

$8,751,544

N/A

N/A

CVCSD 13-14

$8,140,180

-$611,364

-6.99%

CVCSD 14-15

$8,259,000

-$492,544

-5.63%

CVCSD 15-16

$8,380,000

-$371,544

-4.25%

CVCSD 16-17

$8,296,200

-$455,34

-5.20%

CVCSD 17-18

$8,436,000

-$315,544

-3.61%

CVCSD 18-19

$8,600,000

-$151,544

-1. 73%

CVCSD 19-20

$8,600,000

-$151,544

-1.73%

CVCSD 20-21

$8,600,000

-$151,544

-1.73%

CVCSD 21-22

$8,725,000

-$26,544

-0.30%

CVCSD 22-23

$8,725,000

-$26,544

-0.30%

Required budget information

Required budget information online—New York State law requires that school districts post certain budget information online for the public to review. Below find PDFs of each required report. If you have any trouble accessing the information in the PDFs, please contact the district business office at 315-894-5000, press 6. Copies are also available from the district office.

Paying your tax bill

Early in September, Herkimer County prints and mails Central Valley CSD’s property tax bills. Taxes must be paid in full and are due no later than Oct. 1. Taxes paid after Oct. 1 are subject to a 2 percent fee. Taxes may be paid by mail or in person.

  • To pay by mail, make checks payable to Cherri L Hyer, Central Valley CSD Receiver of Taxes and mail to:

Cherri L Hyer
Central Valley CSD Receiver of Taxes
PO Box 160
Mohawk, NY 13407

  • To pay in person:

66 E Main St, Mohawk, NY
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri.
Phone: 315-866-0500
The office is closed Labor Day and Columbus Day.

MORE INFORMATION

2021-22 Budget – 2021-22 budget publications, required and general information

2020-21 Budget – 2020-21 budget publications, required and general information

2019-20 Budget – 2019-20 budget publications, required and general information

Glossary of Budget Terms – definitions of terms used in the budget process

Tax Info Online – search school tax bills for any property in the school district