Public schools are among the most significant investments that any community makes collectively. District leaders work to make the most effective use of resources to benefit students, to develop and manage the budget in a responsible and transparent manner, and to be accountable to taxpayers. Each spring the Board of Education adopts a budget for the coming school year for a community vote, which is held on the third Tuesday in May.
School Budget Vote is Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Voting is from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Niskayuna High School
On Tuesday, May 15, Niskayuna voters will decide upon a proposed $84.2 million budget for the 2018-19 school year. The budget carries a tax levy increase of 2.64 percent – which is below the districts’ cap for the year – and maintains all current student programs and provides for a series of budget additions to meet identified needs. Voters will also decide on a bus purchase proposition and elect two Board of Education members.
Information about the proposed budget and May 15 vote
- Overview: $84.2 million school budget proposed for 2018-19
- Full list of budget additions
- Schedule of community budget presentations
- View the 2018-19 Proposed School Budget Book (large file – 445KB)
- Complete budget development timeline
- Voter eligibility and absentee ballots
Current Year School Budget (2017-18)
- Budget total: $81,400,312
- Spending increase: $957,407 (+1.19%)
- Tax levy increase: $1,131,872
If you are unable to access the budget document, please contact email@example.com.
Tax rates for the four municipalities in the district are set each August. They are based on the tax levy for the year and final municipal assessments for each of the towns. Tax rates vary between the towns because property in each is assessed at different levels in relation to full market value. The state assigns each town an equalization rate to fairly divide the tax levy between the towns. The district does not control any part of the assessment or equalization process.
Tax bills are typically mailed by September 1 and due by September 30 without penalty. The district has two-tiers of tax rates: homestead (residential) and non-homestead (commercial) for each municipality.
2017-18 School District Tax Rates by Town
- Niskayuna: $19.02 per $1,000
- Glenville: $20.64 per $1,000
- Colonie: $29.05 per $1,000
- Clifton Park: $32.90 per $1,000
- Niskayuna $25.33 per $1,000
- Glenville: $26.99 per $1,000
- Colonie: $38.74 per $1,000
- Clifton Park: $42.91 per $1,000
The STAR Program
Homeowners who meet certain eligibility requirements through the New York State School Tax Relief Program – STAR – can have a portion of their home’s assessed value exempt from school property taxes. Learn more about the STAR program
Who is eligible to vote?
Residents across New York State go to the polls on the third Tuesday each May to vote on the annual school budget and elect members to the Board of Education. The vote is held in the Niskayuna High School New Orchestra Room from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Voters must be 18 years old, United States citizens, and have resided in the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote. You do not need to be pre-registered in order to vote, but personal identification may be requested at the polls.
Absentee ballot information
Absentee ballots are available for residents who will be out of town or unable to vote at the polls on Tuesday, May 15, due to illness or disability. Please note the following deadlines for absentee ballots. To request an absentee ballot, please contact the District Clerk by phone at (518) 377-4666, ext. 50706 or in-person at the District Office, 1239 Van Antwerp Road, Niskayuna.
- If you are requesting an absentee ballot by mail: Absentee ballots must be requested by May 8 if the ballot is to be mailed.
- If you are requesting an absentee ballot in person: Absentee ballots must be requested by May 14 (the day before the vote) if you are picking up the ballot in person.
- Deadline for absentee ballots: All absentee ballots must be returned by 4 p.m. on the day of the vote – Tuesday, May 15.
The Audit Committee & Financial Statements
School district finances are subject to internal and external auditing, which promote both accountability and transparency. The Niskayuna Central School District Audit Committee, which is comprised of Board members and community members, is charged with providing independent advice, assistance, and recommendations to the board in the oversight of the internal and external audit functions. Learn more about the Audit Committee
Each year, in accordance with New York State regulations, an independent auditor conducts a review of the districts’ financial statements. After the audit is completed, it is reviewed by the Audit Committee and accepted by the Board. This typically takes place in the fall. View the most recent audited financial statements