Today, Tuesday, May 15, District voters will cast ballots for the Florida Union Free School District budget, two additional propositions, and two board seats.
Polls are open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the S.S. Seward Music Room.
Detailed information regarding the budget and other propositions is available at the District Office, school buildings, the Florida Public Library and on the Budget page on this website.
Voters will decide the following:
The 2018-19 Budget
The 2018-19 budget is a $21,690,646 spending plan which is an increase of $458,843 or 2.1 percent over the 2017-18 budget. The proposed tax levy is $15,024,588 or 2.67 percent over 2017-
18 which complies with the New York State Property Tax Cap.
The use of fund balance is an increase from $200,000 in 2017-18 to $350,000 in this proposal.
The initiatives in the 2018-19 budget proposal support:
- Ongoing professional development to support academic goals.
- Support of continued use of educational technology.
- Law enforcement in each school building.
- Purchase of a 14-passenger bus.
- New 5-year transportation contract with Quality Bus Service. The contract includes safety features such as multiple digital cameras and GPS.
- Safety and security enhancements and procedures throughout the District.
- Capital outlay project to fund safety and security improvements up to $100,000. The District will receive building aid the following year.
Walk-In (Continuous) Registration
A vote by the public is required to make a change in the voter registration process. This proposition will determine if the District will change the voter registration from two days per year to Continuous Registration
which will allow voters to register on any day Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. when the District Offices are open.
Capital Reserve Fund
This proposition will determine if the District is authorized to establish the following capital reserve fund:
Renovation, Reconstruction and Improvement of District Buildings and Facilities Reserve Fund. The maximum amount of the fund shall be $5,000,000 with a maximum term of ten years. The source of the funding
will include the transfer of $1,530,000 from the capital reserve fund established in 2004 as well as unexpended unassigned fund balances in the general fund at the end of each fiscal year.
Board of Education Election
John Redman, Matthew Mulhare and Robert Scheuermann will be running for two, 3-year seats. One seat is currently held by John Redman and the other seat is held by Matthew Mulhare, who was appointed to complete Robin Fraser’s term.