Budget & Finance

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 $93.4 million budget; elect three board members

On May 18, Fayetteville-Manlius School District voters approved the district’s $93.4 million 2021-22 budget proposal, elected three board of education members and approved the purchase of five new buses.

The budget proposition with 867 yes votes, and 379 no votes.

The following results do not include 82 absentee ballots; however, they will not change the outcome of the budget vote, propositions or board election.

District-related propositions

  • An $93,417,637 budget for the 2021-22 school year that increases spending 5.8% ($5,119,339) and carries a 1.1% tax levy increase and an estimated tax rate increase of 0%: 867 yes; 379 no
  • Purchasing five new school buses at a total cost not to exceed $713,660: 870 yes; 368 no

Board of education election

Three candidates sought election to three open board of education seats. They are:

  • Daniel Seidberg: 941 votes;
  • Sharon Lindars: 899 votes; and
  • Marissa Joy Mims: 902 votes.

There were 63 write-in candidates; however, this does not impact the election.

The terms are three years and begin July 1.

Library propositions

  • Supporting the Manlius Library, $1,379,055: 921 yes; 315 no
  • Supporting the Fayetteville Free Library, $1,922,798: 853 yes; 384 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.

2021-22 School Budget Snapshot

Budget: $93,417,637

Budget increase: $5,119,339 or 5.8% 
The total above includes new debt. The proposed increase from ongoing operations is $3,277,395 or 3.7%.

Estimated tax rate increase: 0%

Proposed school tax levy: $66,324,264

School tax levy increase: $731,714 or 1.1%

2021-22 Proposed Budget Video

Superintendent Craig J. Tice and Assistant Superintendent for Business Services William Furlong detail the 2021-22 budget proposal in this video

2021-22 Budget Development Information

Related news

May 19, 2021: F-M voters approve $93.4 million budget; elect three board members

May 12, 2021: Ballot includes bus replacement proposition

May 10, 2021: District strives to provide safe in-person voting experience

May 10, 2021: Three seek election to board of education

May 10, 2021: Budget proposal reflects return to five-day instruction

May 4, 2021: Budget public hearing scheduled for May 10

April 26, 2021: Budget vote absentee ballot applications available

April 23, 2021: Board of education approves budget proposal; community forum set for April 28

Feb. 25, 2021: Voters to elect three board of education members

Feb. 23, 2021: Military ballot applications available through April 22

Jan. 27, 2021: Maintaining educational programs for students is 2021-22 budget development priority

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.