Annual school budget vote and board election to be held June 9 by absentee ballot
In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
The executive order establishes a timeline of actions that schools must undertake leading up to this date, including sending an absentee ballot with a prepaid return envelope to all qualified voters. Qualified voters are defined as U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older and have lived in the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote.
Following budget adoption, the district will make the proposed budget available to the public, hold a budget hearing (which will take place remotely), and mail a budget notice to all residents after the budget hearing. This procedure is no different than other years except for the hearing being held remotely.
Additionally, the executive order calls for districts to send each qualified voter a postcard with the date of the election, the date of the budget hearing and the definition of a qualified voter.
The district is continuing to review the details of the executive order and will share more information, including the date of the public budget hearing, as soon as possible.
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Goveror Cuomo extended our school closure through the end of this academic year. Additionally, he set June 9th for the District's school board and budget elections. These will be conducted through the mail via absentee ballots.
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As per Governor Cuomo's Executive Order No. 202.26, the 2020 Budget Vote and School Board Election has been rescheduled to Tuesday, June 9, 2020, and will be held remotely, by Absentee Ballot only. Qualified voters of the school district will receive absentee ballots by mail.