WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – With the White Plains school district budget discussion under way, here are important dates in the budget process through the winter and spring.
Feb. 11 – 7:30 p.m. Noninstructional expenditures budget shared with Board of Education. This takes place at the Education House, 5 Homeside Lane.
Feb. 25 – 7:30 p.m. Instructional expenditure budget shared with Board of Education. This takes place at the Education House.
March 17 – 3 to 4:30 p.m. Budget information session at the White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave.
March 18 – 7:30 p.m. Preliminary proposed budget shared with Board of Education. Public hearing on preliminary proposed budget. This meeting and public hearing will take place at the Education House.
March 20 – 7:30 p.m. Budget forum No. 2, community response, B-1 Room, White Plains High School, 550 North St.
April 8 – 7:30 p.m. Board of Education adoption of proposed 2013-2014 budget, at the Education House.
May 13 – Public hearing on Board of Education’s adopted proposed 2013-2014 budget.
May 21 – Voters go to the polls to accept or reject the 2013-2014 budget and to elect members to the Board of Education.
With a 2012-13 school year budget of $188.8 million, the 2013-14 revenue cap is $193.6 million. However, the expense trend is projected at $194.85 million, leaving a necessary reduction of $1.25 million to stay under the property tax levy cap.
The budget must be passed May 21 by a majority vote of White Plains voters. If the board chooses to exceed the property tax levy cap, that would require a 60 percent majority of White Plains voters.
If the budget fails, the board may resubmit the original budget or a revised one for a June 18 vote or adopt a contingency budget that has no tax levy increase from the previous year. If a second vote fails, the board must adopt a budget with no tax levy increase from 2012-13.