Budget & Taxes

Annual budget vote and school board elections

Each year district residents are provided with an opportunity to vote on the annual school district budget and elect trustees to the board of education. The budget vote is held on the third Tuesday in May.

Voters will cast ballots on the proposed 2019-20 school budget and school board candidates on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Polls in the Florida Union Free School District will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The school budget is the biggest investment the community collectively makes with its tax dollars. District leaders work to make the most effective use of resources to benefit students, to develop and manage the budget in a responsible and transparent manner and to be accountable to taxpayers. Each spring the board of education adopts a budget for the coming school year for a community vote.

In the months leading up to the vote, the Florida Union Free School District Board of Education will work with district and school leaders to develop a budget proposal informed by the district’s mission, educational goals and fiscal challenges and opportunities. All budget development presentations are open to the public.

Informational meetings regarding the budget are held prior to the annual  vote. Copies of the budget are available in the central office 14 days prior to the vote.

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Voter Information

When and where do I vote?

By law, New York State school districts vote on the third Tuesday in May. This year’s budget vote will take place on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Voters in the Florida Union Free School District vote in the S.S. Seward Memorial Building. Polls are open 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Eligibility to Vote

Only qualified voters who are duly registered will be permitted to vote. To be a qualified registered voter, a person must be a U.S. citizen who is 18 years of age or older and a resident of the school district for at least 30 days prior to the vote and:

  • Who registered in the District Office; or
  • whose name appears in the district’s register as having voted at least once in the last four years at the annual or special elections in the school district; or
  • whose name appears in the voter registration books which includes the county poll list as qualified to vote in the general election.

How to Register

Ongoing voter registration is open through one week before the vote. You may register any day the District Offices are open between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the District Clerk’s Office and Superintendent’s Office located at 51 North Main Street, Florida, New York.

Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots are available to those registered voters who are unable to appear in person at the polls due to illness or physical disability, hospitalization or travel. An application must be submitted for an absentee ballot. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk at least seven days prior to the vote if the ballot will be mailed or the day before the vote if the ballot will be picked up. Ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on the day of the vote.

New York State Report Card

New York State Report Cards are an important part of the Board of Regents’ effort to raise learning standards for all students. It provides information to the public on school and district enrollment and staff, student performance, and other measures of school and district performance. Knowledge gained from the report card on a school’s or district’s strengths and weaknesses can be used to improve instruction and services to students.

You can find current Report Cards for the Florida Union Free School District, Golden Hill Elementary School, and S.S. Seward Institute on the New York State Education Department website. The site is easy to navigate and provides educational data so all interested parties can be better informed as they work to advance student achievement.