Voting by Absentee Ballot in the May 2021 Budget Vote and Board Member Election
- Voting by absentee ballot requires an absentee ballot application to be submitted. For municipal and school elections this year, the potential for contracting COVID-19 has been an allowable reason to request an absentee ballot.
- Download an Absentee Ballot Application application here
- More information about voting by absentee ballot – including deadlines
May 18, 2021 School Budget and Board Member Vote
Voting is at Niskayuna High School, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
On Tuesday, May 18, voters in the Niskayuna Central School District will decide on a proposed $93.1 million budget for the 2021-22 school year. The proposal continues all current student programs and support services with a tax levy increase just above 1 percent. Voters will also decide on a bus purchase proposition, elect two members to the Board of Education and consider a ballot proposition that would increase future board terms to four years from the current three years.
- Overview of the Proposed 2021-22 School Budget
- Presentation of the Proposed Budget (from the Budget Hearing & Community Meetings)
- Projected Tax Bill Impact of the Proposed Budget
- Four Candidates Running for Two Seats on the School Board
- Purchase of Eight Buses Proposed as Part of Replacement Plan
- Voters to Decide on Lengthening Future Board Terms to 4 Years on May 18
- Modest Budget Additions are Tied Directly to Student and Program Needs
- Increased State Aid Strengthens District’s Financial Position and Helps Keep Up With Costs
- Budget Questions & Answers
Learn More About the Proposed Budget
- Budget Hearing, Board of Education Meeting: Tuesday, May 4, 6 p.m. Livestream Link (Username – firstname.lastname@example.org / Password – Nisky123)
- Community Budget Presentation: Thursday, May 6, 10 a.m. Meeting Link
- Community Budget Presentation: Monday, May 10, 2 p.m. Meeting Link
- Community Budget Presentation: Wednesday, May 12, 7 p.m. Meeting Link
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Complete Budget Document
Current Year Budget (2021-21) Information
In an absentee ballot-only vote tallied on June 9, 2020, Niskayuna voters approved the 2020-21 budget by a vote of 3,618 in favor and 2,255 opposed.
- Budget total: $90,796,620
- Tax levy increase: $1,257,391 (2.15%, at the district’s tax cap)
- Spending increase: $3,328,146
- 2020-21 Complete Budget Document
Prior Year Budget Information
Access budget information for previous years. This includes budget totals, vote results, and spending and tax levy changes.
New York State Division of Budget Required Fiscal Transparency Report
The state has begun requiring school districts to annually submit a detailed statement of the total funding allocation for each school in the district for the upcoming school budget year.
- View the district’s 2020-21 Fiscal Transparency Report (PDF)
- View the district’s 2020-21 Fiscal Transparency Report (Excel)
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.
2020-21 School District Tax Rates by Town
- Niskayuna: $19.8392 per $1,000
- Glenville: $23.6158 per $1,000
- Colonie: $33.0231 per $1,000
- Clifton Park: $39.1322 per $1,000
- Niskayuna $26.3981 per $1,000
- Glenville: $31.0817 per $1,000
- Colonie: $43.8452 per $1,000
- Clifton Park: $51.4690 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.
Absentee ballot information
Absentee ballots are available for residents who will be out of town or unable to vote at the polls 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.
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