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Originally published on April 29 at 4:30 pm (updated on May 10 at 5:15 pm)

At the April 20, 2021 budget adoption meeting, the William Floyd Board of Education adopted its proposed budget for the 2021-22 school year, which calls for a 0% (zero percent) tax levy increase. This budget, which maintains all student programs, clubs, sports and other opportunities, is fiscally conservative for residents while providing long-term multi-year sustainability for district operations. The Board of Education has continued to put forth fiscally responsible budgets as evidenced by staying at or below the tax cap limit for the 10th consecutive year (every year during the tax cap era).

In addition to the budget proposition of a zero percent tax levy increase (Proposition #1), residents will also have the opportunity to vote on two propositions: Proposition #2 to authorize the district to transfer up to $5 million into the district’s Repair Reserve Fund; and, Proposition #3 to establish a new Capital Reserve Fund in the ultimate amount of $6 million with a probable term of 10 years to pay the costs of various upgrades across the district.

The budget hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, 2021, from 7 pm to 7:30 pm in the Jeananne Dawson Memorial Library at William Floyd High School. This meeting will be followed by a regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting beginning at 7:30 pm.

The annual budget vote and trustee election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 18, from 7 am to 9 pm in the William Floyd High School east lobby.

Why should residents bother to vote when the proposed budget and proposed contingent budget are the same? Resident should vote for several reasons including making their voice heard and exercising their right to vote, as well as choosing trustees for the Board of Education, who will help to guide and oversee the district for the next three years. More information on the trustee election is below.

Please note that the district cannot provide public use of facilities under a contingent budget.

Check if you are registered to vote and to download absentee ballot instructions and an application.

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Please see the full wording to all three propositions below.

Proposition #1: To adopt the annual budget in the amount of $251,311,607 of the William Floyd School District for the fiscal year 2021-22, and to authorize the requisite portion thereof to be raised by taxation on the taxable property of the school district.

Proposition #2: Shall the Board of Education (the “Board”) of the William Floyd Union Free School District (“District”) be autho­rized to transfer surplus funds remaining in the District’s unassigned general fund balance at the conclusion of the 2020-2021 fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, in the maximum amount of $5,000,000, or so much thereof as is available for this purpose, into the District’s Repair Reserve Fund; and be further authorized to deposit, invest and account for such funds strictly in accordance with General Municipal Law §6-d.

Proposition #3: Shall the Board of Education (the “Board”) of the William Floyd Union Free School District (“District”) be au­thorized to establish a new capital reserve fund pursuant to Section 3651 of the Education Law of the State of New York, to be known as the “2021 Capital Reserve Fund,” to pay costs of masonry renovation, plumbing upgrades, electrical upgrades, mechanical upgrades, technology upgrades, telephone upgrades, roof replacement on District buildings, door replacement, window replacement, turf replacement, fencing, site work, including but not limited to paving, curbs and sidewalks, renovation/reconstruction of interior and exterior instructional spaces, abatement of hazardous materials and/or the purchase of furnish­ings/equipment, in an ultimate amount of $6 million dollars (plus interest earned thereon), having a probable term of ten (10) years and be authorized to raise $6 million dollars to fund such capital reserve fund in the current or future years through various sources including, but not limited to, state aid reimbursement, cost saving measures resulting in unexpended funds or unappro­priated fund balance and other legally available funds of the District.

Residents will also have the opportunity to vote for two trustees of the Board of Education for a term of three years beginning on July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024. The two seats are currently held by trustees Robert Vecchio and Thomas Gross. Robert Vecchio is running for re-election to his current seat unopposed. Thomas Gross is not seeking re-election. Running for his seat are: Jennifer Ng Heitman, Kevin Meyer and Nick Pappas Taylor.

Please click here to view Board of Education candidate information published in the Long Island Advance. (Scroll down to see William Floyd candidates).

Voter Qualifications & Registration: In order to vote on the William Floyd School District budget and election of trustees, resi­dents must be registered. Voter eligibility requires that you are: a United States citizen, at least 18 years of age, a district resident for at least 30 days, and a registered voter with the District’s Board of Registry or with the Suffolk County Board of Elections. District voter registration applies only to voting in the William Floyd School District. Residents may register at any William Floyd school through May 11, 2021 or at the District Office through May 13, 2021. Voter registration at District Office will close at 5 pm on May 13, 2021, but will continue throughout the date of the vote at the Suffolk County Board of Elections. Absentee applica­tions are available on the district website or by calling the district clerk. For further information or to verify voter eligibility, log onto www.wfsd.k12.ny.us or contact District Clerk Carolyn Visintin at (631) 874-1117.

Please click here for the budget brochure.

Please click here for the April 20, 2021 budget adoption presentation.

If you have any questions about the budget, please email budget@wfsd.k12.ny.us

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