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2017-2018 School Budget Information


The ANNUAL SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE takes place Tuesday, MAY 16, 2017

Polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Watervliet Elementary School and the Watervliet Elks Club, 4th Avenue & 5th Street.


Watervliet Public Library proposition to appear on May 16 ballot

Watervliet City School District residents will see a separate proposition for funding to support the local library on the May 16 school budget ballot. The Watervliet Public Library Board of Trustees recently notified district officials about the proposition, which asks voters to authorize the school district to levy a tax of $150,000 to support the library’s programs and services. It is important to note that library funding and school budget are completely separate propositions. More information


Budget workshop #2 moved to March 21

The second budget workshop originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 will take place on Tuesday, March 21 at the Watervliet Elementary School PTA meeting at 6:30 p.m.


Interested in serving on the Watervliet school board?

Nominating petitions are available for two open seats on the Watervliet CSD Board of Education. The board seats will be on the ballot during the annual school budget vote on Tuesday, May 16. Candidates who are interested in running for a three-year term on the board can pick up a petition at the district office, 1245 Hillside Drive (Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School). Candidates are required to submit a petition with 100 original signatures no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26. More information Download a nominating petition


Governor outlines proposed school aid in Executive Budget Proposal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal on Tuesday, Jan. 17, that includes a $1 billion increase in overall funding for the state’s schools in the 2017-18 school year. Read more


2016-17 Watervliet City School District school budget at a glance

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Digital voting machines

WCSD will be using electronic voting machines at its two polling sites this year as Albany County is in the process of replacing the lever voting machines for all upcoming elections. Watch this short video to learn more!


For additional information, visit the Albany County Board of Elections website.

Fundamentals of developing the school budget

Learn the ABCs of school budget development in less than 3 minutes by watching the video clip below:



The New York State Property Tax Freeze credit

New York’s Property Tax Freeze Credit was signed into law in April 2014 as part of the 2014-15 New York state budget. What is it and how do eligible Watervliet homeowners receive it? Download fact sheet

NY's tax "cap" law

A video by the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service aims to break down the complexities of New York’s “2 percent property tax cap” law and explain how it works in terms that everyone can understand. More information

Comparing property taxes

Interested in seeing how Watervliet school and other taxes compare to surrounding districts and municipalities? The SeeThroughNY website has a benchmarking tool that allows visitors to calculate and compare property taxes by location.

Budget Fact Sheets (pdf)

bullet graphic New York State's Tax Levy Cap School mandates and mandate relief in NYS The Gap Elimination Adjustment Public employee pensions in NYS Understanding New York's STAR program Understanding your school tax bill


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Budget presentations

Budget Workshop #1
Feb. 9, 2017, 6 p.m., Board of Education meeting,

Budget Workshop #2
Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. PTA Meeting

Budget Workshop #3
Saturday, April 8 Budget Breakfast, 9 a.m.

Board of Education meeting
2017-18 Budget Adoption
Tuesday, April 12, 6 p.m., WJSHS Conference Room

Public Budget Hearing
Tuesday, May 9, 6 p.m., WJSHS Conference Room

5.16.17 Budget Vote
11 a.m.-8 p.m.


Budget Statement and required Attachments

New York State requires that all school districts make certain information available to the public. Hard copies of the documents will be available at the district office, in the main office of each school building and at the Watervliet Public Library. Files listed below are also available for download.

2016-17 Budget Newsletter


2016-17 Budget Document

2016-17 Administrative Compensation form

2016-17 Tax Exemption Report

2016-17 Property Tax Report Card

2014-15 School Report Card & WCSD Fiscal Accountability Summary

Voting information

Looking for information on absentee ballots, polling locations and voter registration? READ MORE

2015-16 Budget summary

Budget: $25,893,000

Total Spending Increase: 3.76%

Tax Levy Increase: 1.9% or $


2015-16 budget newsletter and other information. read more

Advocacy toolkit

Looking for information about how best to advocate four your schools?

visit our advocacy web page for Tips including A sample email and contact information for elected officials


download the advocacy toolkit

School Budget Archives

2015-16 Budget Information

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2014-15 Budget Information

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2013-14 Budget Information

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2012-13 Budget Information

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2011-12 Budget Information

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2010-11 Budget Information

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2009-2010 Budget Information


2008-2009 budget information