New Your State School Boards Association

Timeline - 2009 Annual Budget Vote & School Board Election

March 31 - April 4
Districts  must  publish  first of four legal notices of budget vote and board election, (i.e. 4 times during the 7 weeks (49 days) preceding the date of the election, the first notice being published not later than 45 days before the election). (The 45th day before the election falls on Saturday, April 4th. If newspaper(s) of general circulation will publish the first legal notice on Sat. April 4th, this complies with the deadline.  However, better practice probably would be to publish on or before Friday April 3, 2009, but not before Tues. March 31st -- the 49th day before the election). Publication on Monday, April 6, 2009 probably also is permissible pursuant to Gen. Constr. Law §25-a).

April 20
School Board Candidate Nominating Petitions Due in the Office of the District Clerk by 5:00 p.m. 30 days before election. (Except in small cities) (30th Day Before Election Falls on Sunday, April 19th ; therefore Gen. Constr. Law controls and petitions are due on Monday, April 20th).

April 27
Districts Must Transmit “Property Tax Report Card” to SED by the end of the next business day following its approval by the school board, but not later than the 24th Day Before  Budget Vote. (The 24th day before the Budget Vote falls on Saturday, April 25th. Therefore best practice would be to transmit the real property tax report card to SED by Friday, April 24, 2009.  However, if a particular school board does not meet until April 24, 2009 to approve the property tax report card, then pursuant to the General Construction Law, the report card could be transmitted on Monday, April 27, 2009).

April 29
School Board Candidate Nominating Petitions Due in Small City School Districts in Office of District Clerk by 5:00 p.m. (20 days before election).

April 28 - May 5
Districts Must Complete Budget 7 Days Before Public Hearing.

May 5
Last Possible Day for Voter Registration by School District Board of Registration in Small City School Districts (2 weeks before vote).

May 5-12
Board Must Hold Public Hearing on the Budget (7-14 days before vote).

May 5-19
Copies of the Budget Must be Available to the Residents upon Request (during the 14 days before the vote and on day of vote).

May 5 - 14
Last Possible Day for Voter Registration by School District Boards of Registration (14-5 days before vote) (except in Small City School Districts - see above).

May 13Deadline for Mailing “Budget Notice” (6 days before vote).

May 19
Annual Budget Vote and School Board Election.

Pursuant to New York State General Construction Law section 25-a(1), when a legal deadline falls “on a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday, such act may be done on the next succeeding business day and if the period ends at a specified hour, such act may be done at or before the same hour of such next succeeding business day.”

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