Budget & Taxes

Budget & Taxes News

Important Dates for 2018-19

Wednesday, May 2, 2018:

  • 2018-19 budget hearing

7 p.m. at the Middle School

  •  PTA Council’s Meet the Board of Education candidates forum

7:30 p.m. at the Middle School

Tuesday, May 15, 2018:

  • 2018-19 community and budget vote: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., High School gymnasium, 1 Tartan Way (Sacandaga Road) in Scotia.

2018-19 Budget

  • Approved 2018-19 budget: $55,989,676
  • Spending Increase: $2,582,710 or 4.8 percent
  • Tax levy increase: $958,412 or 3.36 percent

During voting on May 15 in the B-wing gymnasium at the high school, the community will also consider:

  • $305,000 bus purchase proposal for five small, 28-passenger buses
  • $14 million capital project to replace/repair roofs, both auditoriums and upgrade the fields
  • Elect two members to the Board of Education

2017-18 Tax Rates

  • 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

2017-18 Budget at a Glance

The 2017-18 budget was approved on May 16, 2017 by a vote of 803 (73.2%) to 293 (26.8%).
The bus purchase proposal was approved by a vote of 818 (74.7%) to 277 (25.3%).
In the race for three seats on the Board of Education, the three incumbents were re-elected: Pam Carbone received 680 votes; William Pytlovany received 679 votes; and David Bucciferro received 672 votes. Challenger Janet Daly received 604 votes.

Who can vote?

Community members who are U.S. citizens may vote in the May 15, 2018 school elections if they:

  • Have been a resident for at least 30 days before the May 16 election;
  • 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?

Yes. Residents who are disabled, hos­pitalized or out of town on May 15, 2018 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.

Please be aware of these 2018-19 dates:

  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018: Deadline for an absentee ballot application if you want the application mailed to you.
  • Monday, May 14, 2018: Deadline to request an absentee ballot in person at the Scotia-Glenville business office.
  • Tuesday, May 15,2018: Ballots are due back to the business office, 900 Preddice Parkway (end of Lark Street), Scotia by 5 p.m.

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.

Basic STAR

The STAR program in 2018-19 reduced school tax bills in Glenville by an estimated maximum of $620 for Basic STAR recipients (the reduction was $608 in 2017-18). Property owners with incomes below $500,000 are eligible for Basic STAR.

Enhanced STAR

For property owners who receive the Enhanced STAR deduction, the Glenville reduction in 2018-19 was an estimated maximum of $1,199 (the reduction was $1,175 in 2017-18). Enhanced STAR is for property owners over age 65 with incomes of less than $84,550.