Budget & Finance

School Budget Information

About the annual school budget vote

In New York state, local school boards must annually develop a balanced school budget proposal and put it up for a public vote on the third Tuesday in May. District expenses may include salaries and benefits, curriculum, staff development, facilities maintenance and operation, transportation and debt service. Revenue includes state funding, federal funding, property taxes and appropriated fund balance.

Prior Budget Results

  • Budget 2022-2023: $40,039,187
  • Budget 2021-2022: $39,843,578
  • Budget 2020-2021: $39,945,095
  • Budget 2019-2020: $38,669,111

View all past budget results. 

2023-24  Budget Details

Board of Education Election

School board candidate nominating petitions due in small city school districts in the office of the district clerk. The deadline for petitions to be filed is at the end of April.

Voter Information


To be eligible to vote, you must be:

  • a citizen of the U.S.
  • at least 18 years of age
  • a legal resident of the district at least 30 days prior to the vote
  • registered to vote in the general electionor at a previous district special registration


If you are not a registered voter for the general election through the county, you may register specifically with the Hornell City School District for school votes only by contacting the District Clerk by phone at 607-324-1302 x1450 or my mail at 120 Raider Rd, Hornell, NY 14843.  

Absentee Ballot

If a voter wishes to receive an absentee ballot by mail, a written application must be submitted to the district clerk on a form provided by the clerk a week before the vote. If a voter wishes to pick up an absentee ballot personally, the application must be received by the clerk at least one day before the election. Persons designated by the Steuben County Board of Elections as “permanently disabled” pursuant to the provisions of the election law will automatically receive an absentee ballot.

The absentee ballot must be filed with the district clerk by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the vote.

NYS School Tax Relief (STAR)

New York State’s School Tax Relief Program, also known as STAR, provides partial school property tax savings to eligible homeowners. Most New Yorkers who own and live in their homes are eligible for STAR savings on their primary residences. Because the STAR program is not a district program, a taxpayer’s STAR savings are not factored into a school budget.

Whether you receive the STAR exemption or the credit, there are two types of STAR benefits:

Basic STAR

  • Available for owner-occupied, primary residences;
  • The income limit for the Basic STAR credit is $500,000 (the income limit for the Basic STAR exemption is $250,000);
  • Based on the first $30,000 of the full value of a home

Enhanced STAR

  • Provides an increased benefit for the primary residences of senior citizens (age 65 and older) with qualifying incomes:
    • $93,200 or less for the 2023-2024 school year
    • $98,700 or less for the 2024-2025 school year
  • Based on the first $81,400 of the full value of a home for the 2023-2024 school year.

The STAR benefit applies only to school district taxes. It doesn’t apply to county, town, or city taxes, except in the cities of New York, Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, and Syracuse.  In those five cities, the exemption is applied partly to city taxes and partly to school taxes.

Note: Senior citizens receiving STAR may also be eligible for the senior citizens exemption. See New York State Department of Taxation and Finance’s Senior Citizens Exemption page to learn more.


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