The school budget is the biggest investment the community collectively makes with its tax dollars. District leaders work to make the most effective use of resources to benefit students, to develop and manage the budget in a responsible and transparent manner and to be accountable to taxpayers.
Each spring the board of education adopts a budget for the coming school year for a community vote. New York state has designated the third Tuesday in May as the date for school district budget votes.
F-M voters approve $98.9 million budget; elect three board members
On May 17, Fayetteville-Manlius School District voters approved the district’s $98.9 million 2022-23 budget proposal, elected three board of education members and approved the purchase of six new buses.
The budget proposition passed by 67% with 2,243 yes votes and 1,112 no votes.
The following results do not include 164 absentee ballots; however, they will not change the outcome of the budget vote, propositions or board election.
An $98,930,930 budget for the 2022-23 school year that increases spending 5.9% ($5,513,293) and carries a 1.8% tax levy increase and an estimated tax rate decrease (Town of Manlius) of 11.25%: 2,243 yes; 1,112 no
Purchasing six new school buses at a total cost not to exceed $886,070: 2,164 yes; 1,178 no
Maintaining the student board member position: 2,824 yes; 533 no
Board of education election
Seven candidates sought election to three open board of education seats.
Sarah Fitzgerald: 2,252 votes
Daryll Fitch Wheeler: 2,135 votes
Cynthia Hefti: 2,088 votes
Elena A. Romano: 992 votes
Joseph Dunaway: 894 votes
Forrest D. Heaney: 815 votes
Christopher P. McKee: 549 votes
The terms are three years and begin July 1.
Supporting the Fayetteville Free Library, $1,959,331: 2,183 yes; 1,155 no
Supporting the Manlius Library, $1,399,741: 2,381 yes; 963 no
New York state education law allows libraries to place a funding proposition on school district ballots and requires school districts, at the libraries’ requests, to levy and collect taxes for libraries.
The libraries are separate legal entities from the school district, with their own funding and budget. The amount of the tax levy collected by a school district for a library remains the same each year until the library requests a proposition to change that amount.
2022-23 Budget Snapshot
Proposed budget: $98,930,930
Proposed school tax levy: $67,521,063
Proposed school tax levy increase: $1,196,799 or 1.8%
Estimated tax rate decrease: 11.25% (Town of Manlius)
Proposed budget increase: $5,513,293 or 5.9%
The total above includes new debt, capital transfer and increases in special education costs. The proposed increase from ongoing operations is $2,306,438 or 3.4%.
Absentee Ballot Applications
Any resident who is an eligible voter who will be out of town on May 17 or unable to get to the polls can submit an application to vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are not automatically mailed to all registered voters.
Board of Education Elections
On May 17, 2022, Fayetteville-Manlius School District voters will choose three district residents to serve on the F-M Board of Education from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025.
Required Budget Postings
New York State Education Law requires school districts to post specific documents related to the operating budget.
- The proposed budget must be presented in three-part format separated into three components: administration, program and capital. This has been shared with the community on page 3 of the district’s annual budget newsletter.
- Property Tax Report Card
- Salary Disclosure Requirements
- District’s Fiscal Accountability Summary
- New York State School Report Cards
What is the difference between the tax levy and tax rate?
The tax levy is the total amount of money a school district raises in taxes each year from all property owners in the district. Tax rates are calculated by dividing the total amount of the levy by the total taxable assessed value in a community. Tax rates are affected by changes in municipal assessments and state equalization rates, which are determined in the summer. The tax rate is used to calculate each individual property tax bill.
What is the tax levy limit, or tax cap?
The tax levy limit is the highest allowable tax levy (before exemptions) that a school district can propose as part of its annual budget for which a simple majority of voters (50 percent + 1) would be required for authorization. Any proposed tax levy amount above this limit would require budget approval by a supermajority (60 percent or more) of voters. The tax levy limit sets a threshold requiring districts to obtain a higher level of community support for a proposed tax levy above a certain amount.
School tax information
Tax rates for each municipality within the district are set each August. They are based on the tax levy for the year and final municipal assessments for each of the towns. Tax rates vary between towns because property in each is assessed at different levels in relation to full market value. The state assigns each town an equalization rate to fairly divide the tax levy between the towns.
The district does not control any part of the assessment or equalization process. Questions about assessments and equalization rates should be directed to the appropriate town assessor’s office.