Voters approve district’s $125.89 million budget;
Butler, Tompkins win board seats
Pine Bush Central School District voters approved the $125,891,597 budget for 2021-2022, with 75.93 percent of voters supporting the spending plan.
This year’s budget included a tax levy decrease of $1,848,127 or 3 percent.
Incumbent Ross Tompkins retained his seat on the board of education. Tasha T. Butler captured the other open seat, currently held by Kristin Graessle who chose not to seek reelection. Marie Brevil was the third candidate.
Budget Vote/Board of Education Official Results
Yes – 884
No – 279
Board of Education
Tasha T. Butler – 755
Marie Brevil – 593
*Ross Tompkins – 741
Board adopts 2021-2022 budget
The Pine Bush Central School District Board of Education adopted its 2021-2022 budget on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. The proposed $125,891,597 budget includes an increase of $2.7 million in state aid and uses $3.5 million in fund balance. The tax levy, which is the amount of money received by the district from local residents’ taxes, will decrease by 3 percent.
The district’s annual budget vote and board of education election will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Voting will be from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the four polling locations throughout the district:
- Election District No. 1: Walker Valley Fire House
3679 Route 52, Walker Valley
(Residents of the Towns of Gardiner and Shawangunk)
- Election District No. 2: Pine Bush Fire House (Station 1)
2405 Route 52, Pine Bush
(Residents of the Towns of Crawford and Montgomery)
- Election District No. 3: Circleville Evangelical Presbyterian Church
890 Goshen Turnpike, Circleville
(Residents of the Towns of Mount Hope and Wallkill)
- Election District No. 4: Town of Mamakating Park in Bloomingburg
27-29 Mamakating Road, Bloomingburg
(Residents of the Town of Mamakating)
Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained from the district clerk or downloaded here. Applications must be received by the clerk at least seven days before the election, if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter.
Applications for ballots may not be submitted more than 30 days prior to the election. The clerk will begin accepting absentee ballot applications on Monday, April 19, 2021.
Please note that for this vote only, voters who do not wish to appear at the polling place for fear of contracting or spreading COVID-19 can check off ‘temporary illness or physical disability’ on the application.
All ballots must be received by the Office of the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
For further information, contact the district clerk at (845) 744-2031 ext. 4023.
Qualified voters may personally register at the District Office during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., until May 6, 2021.
In addition, personal registration will be conducted on Thursday, May 6, 2021, between 4 and 8 p.m. at the District Office.
Any qualified voter may register with their respective County Board of Elections at any time prior to voting in a school election.
Two board of education seats open
Three people are running for the two board of education seats available. They will appear on the ballot in the following order:
- Tasha T. Butler
- Marie Brevil
- Ross Tompkins
2021-2022 Budget Presentations
The following presentations were made at board of education meetings. Anyone wishing to watch the meetings may do so here.
2021-2022 Proposed Budget Property Tax Report Card – Final (Presented on April 13, 2021)
2021-2022 Proposed Budget Property Tax Report Card (Presented on March 23, 2021)
Preliminary Budget Outline/Fund Balance Outlook (Presented on March 9, 2021)
Proposed Instructional Budget (Presented Feb. 23, 2021)
Proposed Technology Budget (Presented Feb. 9, 2021)
2021-2022 Transportation Program (Presented Feb. 9, 2021)
Operations and Maintenance Budget Presentation (with administrative staffing and extra curricular programs/athletics) (Presented Feb. 9, 2021)