Budget & Taxes

Budget & Taxes News

No BOE meeting February 26

Dear SG Community,  Due to illness there is no quorum for tomorrow night’s Board of Education meeting. During the next meeting, on March 4, we...

TONIGHT: BOE Meeting and Public Hearings

Monday, Feb. 12, the Scotia-Glenville School District will have two public hearings in the Middle School Cafeteria before the Board of Education meeting. First, they...

2024-2025 preliminary budget discussions

  1. Building Proposition
  2. School Bus Proposition
  3. Tax Cap Calculation

Process calendar for 2024-2025 budget

Month of January: Departmental discussions on budgets

February 12: Presentation of State Aid for 24/25 budget, Carry-Forward Update, First Tax Cap Discussion, Bus Proposition discussion

February 26: Special Meeting- 1st draft Carry-Forward Budget, Board decision on Tax cap

March 1: Property Tax Cap Reports Due Petitions for BOE Seats Available in Business Office

March 4: Budget Work Session – 1st draft of Recommended Budget, Contingency Budget

March 11: Budget Work Session

March 18: Budget Work Session- Resolution for Legal Notice for Annual District Election, Bus Prop Possible Adoption of Budget

March 25: Regular Board Meeting -Final Date for Adoption of Budget Property Tax Report Card due w/in 24 hours of budget adoption Appoint Chairperson, Chief Inspector, Inspectors and Assistant Clerks for Annual District Election

April 5: April 8 First Legal Notice

April 22: Deadline for petitions turned into Business Office

April 23: Drawing for ballot positions

April 26: Military Ballots mailed

April 17: Special Board Meeting (BOCES budget vote)

May 8: Public Hearing and Meet the Candidate Night

May 10: Last day to register to vote with the County

May 14: Last day to request an absentee ballot or early ballot be mailed

May 15: Budget Notice Mailed

May 20: Last day to request an absentee ballot in person

May 21 5:00 p.m. deadline for receipt of absentee ballots

2023-24 Budget snapshot

Approved Budget: $62,959,582
Spending Increase: $2,684,633 or 4.45%
Tax Levy Increase: $941,814 or 2.99%

2023-24 budget information packet

Voters approve budget and elect three members for school board

On Tuesday, May 16, 2023 polls were open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for Scotia Glenville residents to vote on the 2023-24 school budget, bus proposition, and three open seats on the Board of Education.

Voters approved the district’s proposed $62,959,582 budget for the 2023-24 school year by a margin of 823-223; and elected Karnjit Singh (678 votes), Kimberly Boucher Furnish (695 votes), and incumbent Pamela Carbone (629 votes) to serve three-year terms on the Board of Education. 80% of voters also approved a proposition to purchase one 72-passenger school bus, one 57-passenger bus with wheelchair capacity, and one Suburban.

Because the proposed tax levy increase of 2.99% or $941,814 meets the district’s allowable limit under the state’s property tax cap law, a simple majority vote (50% plus one vote) was needed to approve the budget. The budget proposal was approved by 79% of voters.

2023-24 school budget votes

  • Out of 1,046 votes cast, 823 voted to approve a budget of $62,959,582 for the 2023-24 school year.

Bus proposition votes

  • Out of 1,046 votes cast, 836 voted in favor of purchasing one 72-passenger school bus, one 57-passenger bus with wheelchair capacity, and one Suburban for $415,000.

School board election votes

There were four candidates running for three open seats on the Board of Education.

Out of the 2,626 votes cast for board members:
  • Karnjit Singh received 678 votes and will serve his first three-year term on the BOE starting July 1, 2023.
  • Kimberly Boucher Furnish received 695 votes and will serve her first three-year term on the BOE starting July 1, 2023.
  • Incumbent Pamela Carbone received 629 votes and will serve her tenth three-year term on the BOE starting July 1, 2023.
  • Incumbent Richard Frederick received 614 votes and will finish his first term serving on the BOE on June 30, 2023.

 

Who can vote?

Community members who are U.S. citizens may vote in the school elections if they:

  • Have been a resident for at least 30 days before the May vote;
  • Are at least 18 years old.

The district uses registration books from the Schenectady County Board of Elections. If you are not registered, you may vote by showing an official proof of residency.

Can I vote by absentee ballot?

Residents who are disabled, hos­pitalized or out of town on the day of the school budget vote may cast absentee ballots. They are available at the Scotia-Glen­ville business office, 900 Preddice Parkway (end of Lark Street), Scotia. (518) 347-3600, ext. 73102

Absentee voters must first complete an application to vote and then com­plete the ballot itself.

What if the budget were defeated?

If the school budget were defeated once, it could be amended and a second vote scheduled. If the budget were defeated twice, the Board of Education must adopt a contingency budget – meaning the tax levy would be the same as the current year’s tax levy.

How does the state’s STAR program affect my tax bill?

The New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR), which applies only to primary residences, is paid by the state to the school district and is not administered by Scotia-Glenville.

There are two STAR programs: an older program reduces the STAR amount directly from school tax bills in September; the newer program sends the STAR amount to homeowners as a rebate check in the fall.

Basic STAR

The STAR program in 2022-23 would reduce school tax bills in Glenville by an estimated maximum of $596 for Basic STAR recipients. Property owners with incomes below $250,000 are eligible for Basic STAR.

Enhanced STAR

For property owners who receive the Enhanced STAR deduction, the Glenville reduction in 2022-23 would be an estimated maximum of $1,199. Enhanced STAR is for property owners over age 65 with incomes of less than $92,000.