2021-2022 Budget Information


Voting information is available here

SAMPLE BALLOT for June 15, 2021 Vote

Welcome to the Wantagh UFSD 2021-2022 budget information webpage.


The information on this page has been updated to reflect the revised budget being submitted to the community for a revote on June 15th.


Budget Hearing - June 3rd - 8PM




Budget Revote - Tuesday, June 15th 7am-9pm


May 25th Board Planning Session to Adopt Revised Budget




This page is designed to provide Wantagh School District residents with budget information in a transparent manner. The budget that is discussed initially is one that is prepared by district administrators with direction from the Board of Education. However, with Board and community input, the budget that is adopted is ultimately that of the Board of Education.


Please check back as the information contained on this webpage will change as the budget development progresses. 


Questions about the budget may be addressed to any of the following:

Mr. John McNamara, Superintendent of Schools


Mr. Anthony Cedrone, Asst. Supt. for Business


Board of Education



    The revised 2021-2022 budget, Version 4, as adopted by the Board of Education on May 25th totals: $82,755,890

    •     This represents a 1.88% change from the current year budget.

      The revised estimated 2021-2022 Tax Levy to support the above budget is: $62,323,381.

      •      This represents a 1.96% change from the current year tax levy.


      The Allowable Maximum Tax Levy Under the Tax Cap is currently $60,748,205. For 2021-2022 the district's tax cap is negative.  The year over year change is negative 0.61%. 


      Please review the important information provided below on the district's financial status, the current budget, the negative tax cap, and the need to override the tax cap with a supermajority of voter approval (i.e >60% approval).  


      If the budget is defeated again on June 15th, the district must adopt a contingency budget by law. 




      Residents will be asked to vote on a revised 2021-2022 budget. Details of the proposed budget can be found on this web page.




      Upcoming Meetings:        

      Due to COVID-19 these meetings will be held virtually. The link to join each meeting can be found below and on the district's homepage. 

      A recorded copy of each meeting will also be available as well.

      Questions and answers will be taken via the Q&A feature of Zoom. 


      June 3rd - Budget Hearing 8pm

      June 15th - Budget Vote  7am-9pm


      Recorded Copies of Prior Meetings:

      Public Budget Forum #1

      Monday, March 1, 2021 7pm Virtual

      Presentation from Budget Forum # 1


      Public Budget Forum #2

      Monday, March 15, 2021 7pm Virtual

      Recording of Budget Forum # 2

      Presentation from Budget Forum #2


      Public Budget Forum #3

      Wednesday, April 7, 2021 7pm Virtual

      Recording of Budget Forum # 3

      Presentation from Budget Forum # 3


      Public Budget Forum #4

      Thursday, April 8, 2021 1pm Virtual

      Recording of Budget Forum # 4

      Presentation from Budget Forum #4


      Budget Adoption (Regular board meeting)

      Thursday, April 8, 2021 8pm Virtual

      Recording of Board Meeting


      Budget Hearing (Regular board meeting)

      Thursday, May 6, 2021 8pm Virtual

       Recording of Board Meeting/Budget Hearing




      Estimated 2021-2022 Revenues - Revised




      The tax levy cap legislation continues to effect school district budgets, including the 2021-2022 school year (this proposed budget).

      It is important to note that the cap is on the growth in the tax levy (the amount of taxes collected to run the district) and not a cap on tax rates or individual tax bills. Tax bills will fluctuate, up or down, in amounts that may exceed 2%.

      The information presented here is designed to provide residents with the components of the actual calculation for Wantagh UFSD. Decreases to the calculated maximum tax levy amount have a direct impact on proposed budgeted expenditures, absent any additional revenue sources (e.g. state aid).

      The tax levy cap also sets budget approval requirements. A proposed budget with a resulting tax levy at or below the cap requires only a simple majority for approval. A proposed budget that exceeds the cap requires a 60% majority of voter approval.

      The current version of the 2021-2022 budget exceeds the tax cap and needs a supermajority approval to pass. 


      The following are reproduced with permission from Capital Region and Questar III BOCES:



      Calculation of Wantagh UFSD Maximum Allowable Levy




      2021-2022 Comprehensive Budget - Revised


      Budget Notes

      Athletic Team Details


      The links below are all the same version of the proposed budget with differing levels of detail. 


      2021-2022 Budget with expenditure data

      2021-2022 Budget by function

      2021-2022 Budget -  3 Part Format

       The 3 Part format is required by NYS law and reports budgeted expenditures in 3 categories, namely administrative, program (instructional) and capital.




      In accordance with NYS law, the following additional documents are required to be provided to district residents:



      School District Report Card Information (Current is for 2018-2019 School Year)

      • New York State Report Card-District 
      • New York State Report Card-Mandalay Elementary School
      • New York State Report Card-Forest Lake Elementary School
      • New York State Report Card-Wantagh Elementary School
      • New York State Report Card-Wantagh Middle School
      • New York State Report Card-Wantagh High School
      • Fiscal Accountability Supplement (Current is for 2017-2018 School Year)

      These reports, along with other data, are available directly from the NY State Education Department website. Click HERE for this information.