2016-17 Budget Development

Exit Poll

2016-17 Exit Poll Report

Budget Vote Results

The 2016-17 Budget, capital project, capital reserve fund and the bus purchase propositions pass. DiLallo, Gilbert and Stephenson are elected to the school board.

Vote results (yes/no):

Budget – 2,072/531

Bus Proposition – 2,109/490

Capital Project – 2,046/542

Capital Reserve Fund – 2,044/530


Deanna Stephenson – 1,976

Todd Gilbert – 1,912

Gary DiLallo – 1,817

Kathleen Khemili – 1,032

On May 17, 2016 residents will vote on four propositions

The Board of Education adopted the 2016-17 budget.  The Annual Budget Vote and School Board Election will be held on May 17. 

Shenendehowa residents will vote on May 17 on a proposed $166 million budget for 2016-17 that includes a spending increase of 2.10 percent ($ 3,415,857). The tax levy increase of 0.74 percent is under the tax cap and includes the lowest tax levy increase in 11 years.

The true value tax rate would increase an estimated 0.24 percent. For a property with a market value of $250,000, the increase would be approximately $10 in the school tax bill.

The proposed 2016-17 budget preserves current programs and services and allows for some key program enhancements and support the academic success of student K-12.


  • Proposition 1 – A $166 million budget for 2016-17 that includes a spending increase of 2.10 percent ($ 3,415,857). The tax levy increase of 0.74 percent is is under the tax cap and includes the lowest tax levy increase in 11 years. The true value tax rate would increase an estimated 0.24 percent.
  • Proposition 2 – $2.16 million to buy 21 school buses. State aid will reimburse approximately 60 percent and the impact on the tax rate would be 0.17 percent over five years beginning in year 2017-18.
  • Proposition 3 – A $16.6 million capital project to address priorities identified in the five-year facilities study as well as modernization of the High School library, campus signage and playground improvements. Due to the declining debt service each year and approximately 67.7 percent NYS building aid, it is estimated that this project will have no increase on the tax levy.
  • Proposition 4 – Establishment of a capital reserve fund with a 20-year term for a maximim of $12 million funded through fund balance, budgetary appropriations and state aid. There is no additional cost to taxpayers to establish and fund the capital reserve.
  • Proposition 5 – Three seats on the seven-member Board of Education are up for election. Members serve a three-year term without pay. Petitions are due by April 18.


Interested in learning more about the 2016-17 budget and propositions?

Click here for a list of dates and times that the district administration will be presenting information on the proposed 2016-17 budget and propositions.


Board Meeting Presentations on Budget and Proposition Development

On March 29, the following information for the budget proposal, capital project proposition, and bus purchase proposition was presented:


On March 15, the following budget presentation and bus referendum presentation was presented to the Board of Education.


On March 8, 2016, the following budget presentation was made to the Board of Education, 


On February 9, 2016, the following presentations were made to the Board of Education:


On January 26, 2016, the following presentation was made to the Board of Education regarding a 2016 Capital Project

5 Year Facility StudyCapital Project Timeline


On November 3, 2015, the following presentation was made to the Board of Education:

As legislators begin to prepare proposals for public education, the Shen BOE, district leadership, union leaders, and PTA Council prepared and distributed a position statement (Joint Advocacy Letter). Based on the idea that students and schools deserve to have proposals and laws that support and promote the provision of high quality educational opportunities, the priorities are outlined below:

  • Priority #1: Fairly and Fully Fund Public Schools-GEA, Foundation Aid and the Education Tax Credit
  • Priority #2: Repeal and Rewrite the APPR Law
  • Priority #3: Revamp Assessments to Align with High Quality Standards




School Board Election

Three seats are up for election on the Shenendehowa Board of Education–the seats currently held by Todd Gilbert, Gary DiLallo and James Trainor. Each seat carries a three-year term. Board members serve without pay.