2022-2023 Budget Information

Welcome to the Wantagh UFSD 2022-2023 budget information webpage.


Voting information is available here


SAMPLE BALLOT for May 17, 2022 Vote

Links on this page will become active as information becomes available. 

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 Board of Education formally adopts the final budget to be presented to the voters.


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 proposed 2022-23 budget, Version 3, totals $84,981,612.

  • This represents a $2,225,722 or a 2.69% change from the prior year. 


The estimated tax levy for 2022-23, to support the expenditure budget above, currently totals  $63,641,702.

  • This represents a $1,318,321 or 2.12% change from the prior year. 
  • This tax levy amount is within the tax cap.



 The calculated maximum allowable tax levy for 2022-23 (the "tax cap") is $63,644,562.

  •  This represents a $1,321,181 or 2.12% change from the prior year. 



PROPOSITION 1: 2022-2023 BUDGET    

Residents will be asked to vote on the 2022-2023 budget. Details of the proposed budget can be found on this web page.



A second proposition will be on the ballot this year for voters. This will be to expend funds from the capital reserve fund to replace the ceiling and windows in the main gymnasium at Wantagh High School.

This proposition has no impact on the 2022-23 budget or tax levy. 

The proposition language will read as follows:

Shall the Board of Education of the Wantagh Union Free School District be authorized to expend funds from the Capital Reserve Fund which was established on May 15, 2018 (“Reserve Fund”) pursuant to Education Law §3651, for the following capital improvement project: reconstruction of the Wantagh High School Gymnasium (window replacements, flooring restoration, ceiling removal, interior painting, installation of acoustic panels, HVAC modifications, and lighting), and any ancillary or related work required in connection with such project; and to expend from the Reserve Fund therefor, including preliminary costs and costs incidental thereto, an amount not to exceed the estimated total cost of Six Hundred Thousand ($600,000) Dollars”



Upcoming Meetings:       


Budget Hearing (Regular board meeting)

Thursday, May 5, 2022 8pm HS Auditorium Presentation


Budget Vote and Trustee Election

Tuesday May 17, 2022 7am-9pm District Elementary schools


Prior Meetings:

Public Budget Forum #1 Presentation

Monday, March 7, 2022 7pm HS Cafeteria

Video Recording


Public Budget Forum #2 Presentation

Monday, March 21, 2022 7pm HS Cafeteria

Video Recording


Public Budget Forum #3 Presentation

Monday, April 4, 2022 7pm HS Cafeteria

Video Recording


Public Budget Forum #4

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 10am Wantagh Public Library


Budget Adoption (Regular board meeting)

Thursday, April 7, 2022 8pm HS Auditorium



Estimated 2022-2023 Revenue Details




The tax levy cap legislation continues to effect school district budgets, including the 2022-2023 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 of the tax cap 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 following are reproduced with permission from Capital Region and Questar III BOCES:



Calculation of Wantagh UFSD Maximum Allowable Levy




2022-2023 Comprehensive Budget


Athletic Team Details


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


2022-2023 Budget with expenditure data

2022-2023 Budget by function

2022-2023 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

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