HICKSVILLE, NY — Hicksville procrastinators got some welcome news over the weekend — the deadline has been extended to send in absentee ballots for the proposed 2020-21 public school district budget and Board of Education election.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday signed legislation extending the deadline for school districts to receive budget ballots. To be counted, school budget ballots must be dropped off at one of the district's secure lockboxes by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Mail-in ballots must be received through June 16.
Lockboxes can be found at the district's office on Division Avenue, at Hicksville Middle School or at any of the district's seven elementary schools.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world, and while we are making great progress and the numbers keep going down, no New Yorker should have to choose between their health and their right to vote," Cuomo said in a statement. "Extending the deadline to submit absentee ballots builds on our previous Executive Orders to make it easier for New Yorkers to vote absentee in the upcoming primary election and it will help to increase voter participation as we continue to fight this virus."
In a presentation on the budget, the district said its short-term goal is to have liquidity, flexibility and cash on hand, while its long-term goal is to remain solvent. It noted that the state's budget deficit will affect the amount of state aid it receives, and that if the state's revenue is less than expected or spending is higher than projected, the budget can cut aid to districts.
"We anticipate a reduction in 2020-2021 State Aid revenue that can range from $2.5 million to $4 million," the district said.
To minimize the impact of the shortfall, the district decreased its state aid revenue by $1M and offset that cut by increasing revenue from appropriated reserves. This includes using $1 million from the reserve for teachers retirement system. The district also used a surplus from the 2019-20 budget to increase its "rainy day" fund up to $3 million, noting that if it does not need that money, it will be transferred back.
- 2020-21 proposed budget: $140 million
- 2019-20 proposed budget: $139.4 million
- Budget increase (percent): + 0.4 percent
- Tax levy 2020-21: $106 million
- Tax levy 2019-20: $104.5 million
- Tax levy increase (percent): 1.45 percent
Voters will also weigh in on plans to replace the high school roof and buy pool tile for the pool. The $1.3 million needed for the projects will be taken from the 2017-18 Capital Reserve and will come at no additional cost to taxpayers.
Also on the ballot this year: a $60,000 yearly appropriation for education services associated with programs at Gregory Museum. This proposition can only pass if the school budget passes.
Board of Education And Library Trustee Election
Four people are running for Kevin Caroll's Board of Education seat: Irene Carlomusto, Juan Carlos Cerro, Andrea Mieles and Keith Schafer.
Christopher Amato is seeking re-election, as is Sunita Manjrekar. Both are running unopposed.
Mary D'Antonio is also running unopposed for library trustee.
Ballot Box Locations
Locked and secured ballot boxes are located at the front entrances of school buildings.
- Burns Avenue Elementary School at 40 Burns Ave.
- Dutch Lane Elementary School at 50 Stewart Ave.
- East Street Elementary School at 50 East St.
- Fork Lane Elementary School at 4 Fork Ln.
- Lee Avenue Elementary School at 1 Seventh St.
- Old Country Road Elementary School at 49 Rhodes Ln.
- Woodland Elementary School at 85 Ketchams Rd.
- Hicksville Middle School at 215 Jerusalem Ave.
- Hicksville Administration Building at 200 Division Ave.