Budgets & Audits

Annual Budget Vote & Board Member Election 

The annual school district budget vote and school board member election is held on the third Tuesday in May. Registered voters may vote on the school budget for the 2020-2021 school year and on Board of Education members. Two (2) seats will be up for election.  The seats are for three-year terms from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023 and will be filled by the candidates who receive the most votes.

Polls are open from 6:00am until 9:00pm at the following locations:
Carmel High School - For residents of the towns of Carmel, Putnam Valley & Southeast*
Kent Elementary School - For residents of the towns of Kent & East Fishkill*
Carmel Central School District Office (NEW LOCATION)- For residents of the town of Patterson*

*Note: Registered voters must vote at a designated polling location based upon address.  The listing above is a general guideline but there are some exceptions. If you are unsure of your polling location contact Sue Dieck at 845 878-2094, ext. 202 (sdieck@carmelschools.org) or Ines Petterson at 845 878-2094, ext. 215.

Voter Registration & Absentee Ballots


To vote, you must be registered. To be eligible to register, you must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of the District for 30 days. If you are registered with the county Board of Elections or have voted in a school election in the last four years, you are already registered. If you have not voted in a school election in the last four years or are NOT already registered, you can do one of two things:
1.  IN-PERSON REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED. Register with the School District for school votes & elections:
2.  Register with your county of residence: Click to download, print and mail your New York State Registration form to your county of residence:

Voter Registration Form - English

Voter Registration Form - Spanish

To check your registration status, contact Susan Dieck, District Clerk at 845 878-2094, ext. 202 or sdieck@carmelschools.org

ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS - Check back for this information.

Board of Education Candidate Information

As of March 29, 2020 Governor Cuomo has issued an Executive Order stating that circulating, filing or collecting signatures on petitions is postponed. This means that candidates are not permitted to obtain signatures at this time. 

2020 Nomination Packet 

Individuals interested in running for the Board of Education must have the following qualifications:

  • Be able to read and write
  • Be a qualified voter of this district (U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age)
  • Be a resident of this school district for at least one continuous and uninterrupted year prior to the election
  • Be the only member of a family serving on the Board of Education at the time of the election
  • May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year
  • May not be a current employee of the school board (when the term of office begins)
  • May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office

For the 2020-2021 school year, two (2) seats are up for election. The seats are for three (3) year terms from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023 and will be filled by the candidates who receive the most votes. Prospective candidates are required to submit a completed nominating petition and notarized expenditure and contribution statements.  Download the  2020 nominating packet  of information (including petition and expenditure forms) or contact Sue Dieck, District Clerk at 845 878-2094, ext. 202 or sdieck@carmelschools.org

For more information on running for the Board of Education please visit The School Board Member Experience, from the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA)


Candidates will be asked to participate in "Meet the Candidates" evening. Date TBD. The evening is moderated by the Putnam County League of Women Voters and will be videotaped for broadcast on our website and Cable TV channel.

Once elected, all school board members must complete twelve hours of mandated training within the first year of service: six hours on school board governance and six hours on fiscal oversight.

For more information visit "Running for the School Board," published by the New York State School Board Association.

Budget, Audits & Tax Collectors Notices