On April 19, 2016, component board members unanimously supported Capital Region BOCES' $8.6 million administrative budget for the 2016-2017 school year. They also elected three board members.
We thank our component districts for their support.
The administrative portion of the budget is increasing 6.28 percent over 2015-16 and carries a 1.12 percent increase in component district assessments.
The administrative budget includes costs associated with the coordination of BOCES' organization-wide support functions, such as human resources, payroll, benefits, accounting and billing, and the leadership to support those activities. It is important to note that the entire increase in this budget is fueled by increases in the cost of retiree health insurance. Expenses in this area are projected to grow by $900,650. Retiree health care costs make up more than 55 percent of the administrative budget.
The current operational costs of the administrative budget have been reduced by more than $256,000 in an effort to reduce the impact of this increase on our component district assessments.
The capital budget is increasing by 1.24 percent and is slated to raise the charge to districts by 1.25 percent.
The capital budget covers the cost to rent program space (including in school districts for special education and distance learning programs) and administrative space.
The total 2016-17 budget is $119.3 million, which represents an overall increase in spending of 6.4 percent from the 2015-16 budget.
BOCES' budget is based on the projected purchase level of BOCES services by our component districts. The spending increase in this year's budget is attributable to a projected increase in this purchase level.
Components do not vote on the overall budget, only the administrative portion. However district assessments are based on the combined administrative and capital portions of the budget. This year's administrative and capital budgets will increase 1.16 percent in district assessments. (See charges by district.)
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