BRENTWOOD, NY — Residents within the Brentwood School District area will vote by absentee ballot by June 9 this year to approve the district's proposed 2020-2021 school budget, as well as elect the school board and library trustees.
All registered voters who live in the district's boundaries will receive an absentee ballot in the mail with a postage-paid return envelope, the district said. There will be no in-person voting. Ballots must be received by the district no later than 5 p.m. on June 9.
The Brentwood School District's proposed spending plan for the 2020-21 school year is $430,224,206. That's a 2.70 percent increase from the current budget.
To fund the increase, the district proposes a tax levy of $111,568,807 up 2.43 percent from the current year's.
Typically, the Board of Education adopts the budget and it is presented to the community about a month before the annual vote. Gov. Andrew Cuomo changed the voting process this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo warned that the economic effect of the shutdown imposed to curb the outbreak could mean much less money available for state education aid. The state will be assessing and adjusting its budget several times in the course of 2020. Cuomo's last estimate was that state aid would be 20 percent lower than already promised.