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 typically held on the third Tuesday in May.
2020-21 Budget Development
Executive Order Delays School Budget & Board Member Votes – March 30, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 panemic, Gov. Cuomo released an executive order on March 30 indicating that school budget votes and board member elections would not take place on May 19 as scheduled this year. “Any school board, library board, or village election scheduled to take place in April or May of 2020 is hereby postponed until at least June 1, 2020, and subject to further directive as to the timing, location or manner of voting for such elections,” the executive order states.
Budget Development Update – March 24, 2020
As discussed at the March 9 Board of Education meeting, the district faces a significant budget gap for next year. The reason for this is that revenue (state aid and property taxes) are not keeping pace with projected expenditures. Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr., said there are only two real options for closing the gap: increasing the tax levy and/or reducing expenses. Read more.
Budget Development Update – March 11, 2020
On Monday evening, March 9, we shared with the Board of Education that, given the tax cap and projected state aid, available revenue for next year will not cover the growth in expenses. We have a budget gap that needs to be closed. Read More…
Key Steps in the 2020-21 Budget Process
Important note: On March 30, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order delaying school budget votes and board member elections until at least June 1, 2020. Once guidance is released for how this affects other budget actions (e.g. the budget notice and budget hearing) the list below will be updated.
- March 24: Board of Education Meeting, Presentation of
2020-21 Budget Plan
- March 31: Board of Education meeting
- April 1: New York State Budget Deadline
- April 7: Board of Education meeting
- April 14: Board of Education meeting (if needed)
- April 21: Board of Education meeting (if needed)
- Budget Hearing at Board of Education Meeting
- School Budget Vote
Current Year Budget (2019-20) Information
On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Niskayuna voters approved the 2019-20 budget by a vote of 2,037 in favor and 613 opposed.
- Budget total: $87,468,474
- Tax levy increase: $1,340,473, (2.35% and below the district’s cap)
- Spending increase: $3,274,628
- Complete budget document and required attachments
If you are unable to access the budget document, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Niskayuna was first required to submit the form for the 2019-20 school year. View the district’s 2019-20 Fiscal Transparency Report
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.
2019-20 School District Tax Rates by Town
- Niskayuna: $19.52 per $1,000
- Glenville: $23.23 per $1,000
- Colonie: $31.64 per $1,000
- Clifton Park: $36.90 per $1,000
- Niskayuna $25.99 per $1,000
- Glenville: $30.50 per $1,000
- Colonie: $42.18 per $1,000
- Clifton Park: $48.59 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 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 14 if the ballot is to be mailed.
- If you are requesting an absentee ballot in person: Absentee ballots must be requested by the day before the vote (May 20) 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 (May 21).
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