• 2018 - 2019 Budget Information


    Budget 2017-2018


    2017-2018 Budget Results - The Annual School Budget Vote was held on May 16, 2017 in the Gates Chili Field House from 6 AM to 9 PM

    The Gates Chili Central School District residents approved the 2017-2018 School Budget with 729 voting yes and 388 voting no.

    Voters approved the Bus Proposition with 711 voting yes and 300 voting no.

    Voters approved the Capital Project with 682 voting yes and 438 voting no.

    There were four open seats on the Gates Chili Board of Education:

    • Catherine Coffee received 859 votes and will serve a three-year term
    • Michael A Bailey received 848 votes and will serve a three-year term
    • James Crider received 767 votes and will serve a three-year term
    • Marvin Stepherson received 675 votes and will serve a two-year term
    • John (Jack)Curran received 609 votes


    Proposition 1:

    SHALL the Board of Education of the Gates Chili Central School District be authorized to spend for school purposes during the 2017-2018 fiscal year $104,023,965 and to levy the necessary tax therefore?

    Proposition 2:

    SHALL the Board of Education of the Gates Chili Central School District be authorized to undertake the acquisition of fifteen (15) school buses, at an estimated maximum aggregate cost of $1,874,000, before trade-in for a net aggregate cost of $1,620,000 and that such costs, or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be raised by the levy of a tax to be collected in annual installments; and, in anticipation of such tax, debt obligations of the school district as may be necessary not to exceed such estimated maximum aggregate cost shall be issued, or the school district may enter into an installment purchase contract if the Board of Education determines that it is in the best interest of the school district to finance the purchase in that method?

    Proposition 3:

    To authorize addition to, construction, reconstruction and equipping of, school buildings and facilities, including various site and other incidental improvements, all at an estimated maximum aggregate cost of $68,324,000 with the expenditure of $5,000,000 from the existing capital reserve fund for such costs, the issuance of not to exceed $63,324,000 of debt obligations of the School District therefor, and the levy of a tax in annual installments therefor, all as more fully described in said notice, be approved?

    Board of Education Candidates

    Three (3) candidates will be elected to serve a three-year term from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020. One (1) candidate will be elected to serve a two-year term from May 17, 2017 to June 30, 2019. Vote for any four (4).


    Dear District Residents,

    The Board of Education, along with our Administrative team that includes our Associate Superintendent, Carol Stehm; our Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michaela Perrotto; and our Interim Superintendent for Business, James Fichera have looked carefully at our budget process. This year the 2017-2018 Annual Budget is presented a bit differently to be more transparent and meaningful for our Gates Chili Central School District Learning Community. We hope that you will find these changes, this “relentless search” for a better way, more informative and educational for our district residents preparing to cast your vote at the voting polls on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.  The Property Tax Cap Levy continues to change the way districts across New York State develop a budget that is fiscally responsible, yet one that focuses on what is best for the students. In the Gates Chili Central School District, we are looking at a 1.99% Tax Cap Levy limit.

    This year was the first year in a long time that the New York State Budget was not approved by April 1, making it especially difficult to balance a budget, and likewise present it. The Board of Education approved this budget with tentative state aid numbers following a late budget approval on April 7, 2017. Our local Senators and Assemblymen continue to advocate for additional state aid funds to support education throughout New York State. We are truly grateful for their support of public education in our region. Additional aid, mainly in the form of Foundation Aid, was approved. This allowed for us to offset the budget gap with this additional/anticipated aid, along with the use of additional appropriated reserves.

    On behalf of the Board of Education we present the proposed budget for the 2017-2018 academic school year. We are committed, dedicated, and determined to create an annual budget that sustains our fiscal health for many years to come, while maintaining school programs that meet the needs of ALL students, district wide.

    We continue to use our reserves appropriately and strategically, to balance the budget. These reserves are created to cover liability costs that are often the largest of expenditures in the budget. Reserves can only be used as they are designated, and once we allocate funds from these reserves they are gone. Thus, we continue to look at our long-range plans for the use of reserves well into the future.

    This year you will find four (4) propositions on the ballot…our Annual Budget, the purchase of buses, a Capital Project referendum, and the election of Board members. The Board of Education has reviewed the work of a dedicated Capital Project Planning Committee, over the last 18 months, and approved a resolution for district wide capital project improvements in the amount of $68,324,000.

    Please accept my sincere appreciation for the continual support of our community residents to ensure that every child is college and/or career ready upon graduation. We are committed to improving academically, while keeping fiscal responsibility at the forefront of all that we do. Our budget, our buses, and our buildings will provide the opportunity to be “GRREAT!”

    Kimberle A. Ward, Superintendent