Budget & Finance

Voting by Absentee Ballot in the May 2021 Budget Vote and Board Member Election

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.

More Information

Learn More About the Proposed Budget

  • Budget Hearing, Board of Education Meeting: Tuesday, May 4, 6 p.m. Livestream Link (Username – livestream@niskyschools.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

Do you have a budget question? Email communications@niskyschools.org to have it answered!

Complete Budget Document

View the proposed 2020-21 School Budget Document and Financial Attachments

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.

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.

Tax Rates

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

Homestead

  • 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

Non-Homestead

  • 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