Budget and Taxes

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Budget development is a year-round process

Developing the annual school budget proposal is a year-round process that involves the Mayfield Board of Education and district and school leaders. The process culminates when residents go to the polls to vote on a school budget proposal for the following year and to elect Board of Education members. Please visit this web page throughout the school year for updates on the annual school budget development process.

2022-23 budget proposal approved

On May 17, 2022, Mayfield Central School District voters approved the district’s $20,636,429 budget proposal for 2022-23, as well as vehicle purchases for the Transportation and Buildings and Grounds departments.

The budget proposition passed 238 to 84. Because Mayfield proposed a budget below the state’s allowable limit for increasing its tax levy, the budget required a simple majority vote for authorization.

With the help of a 3% increase in state aid and funding from the federal American Rescue Plan, the district was able to propose a budget that keeps the tax levy increase to 1.99%, which is below the district’s allowable limit of 3.07% as calculated under the state’s “tax cap” formula. The school district had sought to propose a budget that maintains, and even grows, academic programming, while still being considerate of taxpayers during a time when families are facing higher costs in their own budgets due to inflation.

Vehicle purchases approved

Residents approved two vehicle propositions:

  • The first allows the district to purchase a pickup truck equipped with a plow for $45,000 to be paid from the district’s Capital Reserve Fund. It passed by a margin of 254 to 66.
  • The second, which allows for the purchase of one 41-passenger bus for approximately $128,000 and a Chevy Suburban for approximately $50,000 to be paid from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund, passed 255 to 69. 

The district is eligible to be reimbursed for about 75% of the cost of the bus and Suburban through state school transportation aid. None of these vehicle purchases will affect the 2022-23 school tax levy.

Revenue sources for the budget

District leaders decided that given current economic circumstances, it would be an appropriate time to use $156,407, of its fund balance.

Another contributing factor to holding the tax increase below the state cap is a 2% decrease in health insurance costs.

The district’s Buildings and Grounds Department also has been able to tap into some extra revenue by auctioning off some of its old equipment, such as buses that are being retired, instead of trading them in. This approach has the potential to bring in thousands more per item and is helping the department offset the costs of new equipment.

The approved budget will increase September school tax bills by approximately $31.70, or $2.64 per month, for a home with a $100,000 assessment.

Highlights of the budget

For the second consecutive year, the budget includes $100,000 for a Capital Outlay Project for which the district will be reimbursed 81.4%. This year’s project focuses on replacing the roof flashing at the Jr./Sr. High School to address leaks in the gymnasium and other areas of the building.

MCSD was allocated about $2.4 million over three years in American Rescue Plan funding from the federal government. This money is required to be put in the Special Aid Fund, so it is not included in the district’s General Fund. However, with the upcoming year’s portion of this funding, the district will be able to provide the following in 2022-23:

  • Two additional sections at the elementary school to reduce class sizes where needed.
  • The addition of Academic Intervention Service (AIS) or special education teachers to provide extra support to students who may have fallen behind as a result of the pandemic.
  • Further investment in technology, including adding and replacing classroom Smart Boards and replacing Chromebooks for all students.
  • A licensed practical nurse to be shared between the two schools.
  • Additional teacher aides to provide extra supervision in hallways, study halls and other settings.
  • Installation of vape-sensing equipment in the restrooms of the Jr./Sr. High School. In addition to deterring vaping, the sensors also detect bullying language to help administrators encourage a positive school culture.
  • An expanded summer school program for all grade levels.
  • Funding for numerous after-school clubs at the elementary and high school levels, providing character-building and academic enrichment for students.
  • Personnel training for Mayfield CSD to become a Trauma-Skilled School, a model program from the National Dropout Prevention Center that gives educators and administrators tools to reduce the effects of stress and trauma on learning and behavior.
  • Expansion of the district’s arts in education programming. Mayfield will host special speakers and performers from the Arts and Enrichment Service through HFM BOCES. This initiative will bring in interactive presentations such as the Sweethearts & Heroes program visiting the district this spring, which delivers an anti-bullying message that teaches students empathy and leadership.

The 2022-23 budget preserves all current academic programs and positions and also adds:

  • A technology instructor to support the school’s Computer Science and Robotics Pathway. This is part of the district’s ongoing efforts to bolster STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education. Two new robotics courses will be offered next year.
  • Increased security measures to include more cameras at the Jr./Sr. High School. As part of New York’s initiative to make schools safer, Mayfield is reimbursed per camera up to approximately $28,000 per year. This will be the third year the district is using the program, adding a total of 50 cameras at the Elementary and Jr./Sr. High School buildings.
  • Two full-time custodial workers to ensure the buildings are clean, safe and properly maintained.
  • A full-time groundskeeper to focus on the continued maintenance of the athletic fields and renovations to the baseball field.