Mayfield voters approve $20.2 million budget; elect new BOE member

On May 18, Mayfield Central School District voters approved the district’s $20.2 million 2021-22 budget proposal, elected one board of education member and approved a bus purchase.

The budget proposition passed 269 to 94.

Jake VanEvery was elected to the open seat on the Board of Education, earning more votes than incumbent Tara Caraco. He will begin serving his five-year term July 1.

District-related propositions

  • A $20,216,034 budget for the 2021-22 school year that decreases spending by 1.27% (-$259,702) and carries a 2.21% tax levy increase: 269 yes; 94 no
  • Purchasing one new school bus at a cost of about $126,000 and a new Chevy Suburban for about $48,000: 278 yes; 86 no.

School budget is at its tax cap

The 2021-22 budget’s tax levy increase of 2.21% is at the district’s calculated tax levy limit, per the state’s property tax levy cap law. The limit does not cap how much a district can raise through property taxes. Instead, it determines at what level a school district must have a supermajority (60 percent) rather than a simple majority (50% plus one) approve the budget proposal.

Because Mayfield proposed a budget with a tax levy increase at its allowable limit, the budget required a simple majority vote for authorization.

More information about the budget is available on the district website here