Budget Information

Voter Registration Information (2017-18)

As always, the Hudson City School District will have rolling voter registration, meaning anyone can come register to vote at any time the District Office is open, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with some exceptions, download the 2016-17 school calendar for holidays and conference days).

(Note: there will be no scheduled Voter Registration Day this year due to cost and low turnout in previous years.)

Registration locations:

Hudson City School District
District Office
215 Harry Howard Avenue
Hudson, NY

Columbia County Board of Elections
401 State Street
Hudson, NY

Deadline for registration: Tuesday, May 2, 2017



New York State Board of Elections

NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (register to vote online)

Columbia County Board of Elections

Columbia County voter information


2016-17 Budget Information

2016-17 Budget Newsletter
2016-17 REVISED Budget Notice
2016-17 Proposed Budget Book
One-page Budget Fast Facts
Notice of budget hearing, annual meeting and election
2016-17 Budget Presentation (March 28, 2016)
2016-17 Budget Development Timeline
2016-17 Tax Levy Calculation and Preliminary Budget

HCSD proposed 2016-17 budget

(May 17, 2016) -- District voters approved the proposed budget (421 in favor, 220 opposed).

(May 23, 2016) -- Board of Education candidates Linda Hopkins and Sumayyah Shabazz have been elected to the Hudson CSD school board. Based on the number of votes for each candidate, Hopkins received the 5-year term (with 483 votes) and Shabazz received the 3-year term (with 411 votes). The third, partial-term seat was awarded to write-in candidate Willette Jones (93 votes).

Click here to meet the new Board of Education members

Meetings Open to the Public

Monday, May 9, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED BUDGET in the High School Library

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. - Community Budget Forum in the JLE cafeteria

Previous meeting dates/times listed below.

Budget Committee Members

William Kappel
David Kisselburgh
Carrie Otty

BOE Candidates

Meet the BOE Candidates

The district has three (3) Board vacancies, two (2) full term seats (one to be effective 05/17/2016 and one to be effective 06/30/2016) and one partial term seat (effective 05/17/2016 through 06/30/2018).

Click here for information about voting for "write-in" candidates (or download the PDF)

Budget News

Helping voters understand the district budget (Dr. Suttmeier's monthly column, 5/10/16)
Despite aid cuts, Hudson schools budget plans more staff (Columbia Paper, 4/30/16)
Infamous Gap Elimination Adjustment eliminated (Register Star, 4/16/16)
In-Depth: Schools worry about program cuts amid record low tax cap (WNYT, 3/10/16)
School districts brace for low tax cap (Register Star, 2/11/16)
Leaders discuss education issues (Questar III, 1/22/16)
Area schools miffed by tighter tax cap (Register Star, 1/22/16)
Overview of Capital Region School Districts' Legislative Priorities (December 2015)

Why Isn't the Tax Cap Really 2%?

Ever wonder why New York’s Property Tax Cap isn’t really a 2% cap even though elected officials often call it that? Here is a 4-minute video that explains how New York State uses a formula to determine each school district's tax cap number, which rarely works out to 2%.

Is there a property tax freeze credit this year?

The New York State Executive Budget (passed in April 2016) includes the STAR Property Tax Rebate Law, which replaces the more well-known property tax freeze credit that provided property tax rebate checks to eligible taxpayers in 2014 and 2015. This tax relief program reimburses qualifying homeowners for increases in local property taxes in districts that remain within the NYS Property Tax Cap and meet efficiency requirements, both of which have been achieved by Hudson CSD. This rebate applies to the years 2016 through 2019.

Because the District is tax cap compliant, some taxpayers will be eligible for the rebate. To qualify for this tax rebate, homeowners must already receive the STAR Property Tax Exemption. Taxpayers who receive the STAR exemption and make less than $200,000 a year should receive a rebate check for $185 from New York State in the Fall (in accordance with the NYS Executive Budget passed in April). The property must be the homeowner’s primary residence and the total household income must be $200,000 or less.

For information about the program, please visit the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance’s website.

Learn more about “Mandate Relief”


Polling Locations

**Please note that as of the Monday, March 14, 2016 Board of Education meeting, polling locations have been consolidated at the request of the Board of Elections.

District 1 - City of Hudson - John L. Edwards Primary School (360 State Street, Hudson)

District 2 - Greenport, Stottville/Stockport, Ghent - Greenport Pumper Company No. 1 Fire House (216 Green Street, Hudson)

District 3 - Claverack, Livingston, Taghkanic – A.B. Shaw Fire House (67 NY-23, Claverack)

To be eligible to vote, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older and a resident of the Hudson City School District for a period of 30 days or more directly preceding the day of the vote.
  • Registered to vote with either the School District or the Columbia County Board of Elections.

If you have not previously registered and would like to vote in this referendum, you must register with the School District Board of Registration.

Download information about absentee ballots.

Previous Meetings

Monday, March 28, 2016 – 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. BOE Budget Committee will host a Community Budget Workshop in the High School Library, prior to Board of Education meeting (Topic TBD)

Monday, March 28, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING in the High School Library, during which the BOE will review and modify the proposed budget

Monday, April 11, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING in the High School Library

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING in the High School Library to approve proposed budget and adopt for the public

2015-16 Budget Information

2015-16 Budget Newsletter
2015-16 Proposed Budget Book
2015-16 Budget Presentation
2015-16 Budget Development Timeline
2015-16 Tax Levy Calculation and Preliminary Budget

*Please note that an adjustment was made to the proposed budget after these materials were published. The hiring of a secondary math teacher will be postponed.