Troy City School District residents have approved a $113,651,375 budget for the 2020-2021 school year. Three candidates were elected to the Board of Education.
The unofficial results of the budget vote are 1046 (yes) to 336(no). This budget will result in a 1.99-percent tax levy increase – a figure that is $53,357 below the allowable tax cap of 2.13 percent.
Three candidates were elected to the Board of Education for three-year terms effective July 1, 2020:
Thomas Mayo (680), incumbent; Rosemary Coles (670); and Diana Heckman (618).
How to vote
In the interest of public safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voting this year will take place using absentee ballots only, per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order. Qualified Voters who have voted in any of the last five district votes will be sent an absentee ballot and a postage-paid return envelope in the mail the week of June 1. Anyone who meets the definition of a qualified voter and does not believe they will be on this list may request a ballot by contacting the District Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: On June 7, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an Executive Order extending the deadline to submit absentee ballots for the School Budget Vote and Board of Education Election. Please read the following carefully:
- To be counted, all hand-delivered ballots must still be received by the District by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9.
- All mail-in ballots must be received in the Office of the District Clerk by Tuesday, June 16, at 5 p.m.
You are an eligible voter if you are:
- A legal US citizen
- 18 years old by June 9, 2020
- Live within the Troy City School District boundaries for at least 30 days prior to June 9, 2020.
Board of Education Election
Six candidates are running for three open seats on the 2020-2021 Board of Education. Click here to view Board Candidate bios.
Meet the Candidates Night and Budget Hearing
The Meet the Candidates Night and Budget Hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 via Google Meet.
- Meet the Candidates Recording: https://youtu.be/G929R1sn89M
- Budget Hearing Recording: https://youtu.be/EHgfVQJCpzM
CBS-6: Increased taxes proposed as layoffs are imminent in several local school districts
ABC-10: Troy School budget proposal eliminates positions, includes pay freeze, looks to bridge state funding shortfall
Times Union: Troy budget proposal cuts reading teachers
Times Union: Troy schools face teacher layoffs; City schools facing tough choices as state aid doesn’t cover spending
Wall Street Journal: New York Schools Prepare for Cuts as Coronavirus Hurts State Revenue
Spectrum News: School Districts Make Tough Budget Decisions
Budget Development Calendar
January 22, 6 p.m.
Budget Discussions (Tax Cap, Projected Budget, Advocacy, Governor’s Proposal)
February 5, 6:30 p.m.
Draft 1 – Budget Discussions
March 4, 6:30 p.m.
Draft 2 – Budget Discussions
April 8, 6:30 p.m.
Draft 3 – Budget Discussions
April 21, 6:30 p.m.
Draft 4 – Budget Discussions
May 20, 6 p.m.
Board to tentatively adopt budget
May 27, 6 p.m.
Meet the Candidates and Budget Hearing
June 9, 5 p.m.
VOTE by absentee ballot only. All ballots must be received to the Office of the District Clerk by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9.