Board of Education sets 2017-18 school tax rates

BOE sets tax rates in line with prediction before May community budget vote

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FOR RELEASE: Friday, August 4, 2017

Glenville tax rate up by 3.08% – $8.84 per month for typical homeowner with a $160,000 home assessment

The Board of Education last Monday set tax rates for the 2017-18 school year that were 3.08 percent higher than the 2016-17 school tax rates for Glenville homeowners.

The tax bill for a Scotia-Glenville home with a typical $160,000 assessment will increase from last year’s September bill of $3,439.07 to this September’s bill of $3,545.11. That $108.04 annual increase works out to an $8.84 per month increase.

The above tax bill figures are also before reductions through the state’s School TAx Relief (STAR) exemption. In the coming school year, that is expected to save taxpayers with Basic STAR an additional $608 ($596 in 2016) and taxpayers with Enhanced STAR for seniors will save an additional $1,175 ($1,152 in 2016).

Before the May 16 vote, the school district predicted the tax rate would increase by 3.05 percent, well below the maximum 3.66 percent increase allowed by the state tax levy cap formula. That was lower than originally predicted because of last-minute tax base growth thanks in large part to the new hotel on Freeman’s Bridge Road. Beyond tax base growth, the state also set new equalization rates this summer that impacts the eventual tax rate.

In August 2016, the Board of Education adopted lower school tax rates for the third time in eight years.

The approved budget totals $53.407 million and adds a part-time guidance counselor, boosts spending for social studies, establishes an elementary skills class and increases spending for popular BOCES programs like New Visions, Career and Tech High School and Tech Valley High School that are in high demand.


Because of changes in the state’s equalization rates, the impact of school taxes is felt differently in the three communities that make up the Scotia-Glenville school district. About 99.8 percent of the district is located in the village of Scotia or town of Glenville.

  • Glenville: $22.16 per $1,000 assessed value – 3.08% increase. 2016-17 Glenville rate: $21.49 per $1,000
  • Charlton: $29.12 per $1,000 assessed value – 3.77% increase. 2016-17 Charlton rate: $28.06 per $1,000
  • Amsterdam: $212.34 per $1,000 assessed value – 4.04% increase. 2016-17 Amsterdam rate: $204.09 per $1,000

The rates will be effective with school tax bills due this September.

Here is the memo to the Board of Education explaining the tax rates (PDF).