On the third Tuesday of each May, residents from across New York State go to the polls to vote on the following year’s school district budget and to elect members of the Board of Education.
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.
ALL residents will be mailed an absentee ballot this year.
During a regular year, 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?
During this year, it is unclear whether school districts will be able to offer a budget for a second vote. Boards of Education may have to adopt contingency budgets in the event of a budget defeat. For the 2020-21 budget, that would mean an $800,000 cut in spending.
In a regular school year, 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.
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.
The STAR program in 2019-20 would reduce school tax bills in Glenville by an estimated maximum of $620 for Basic STAR recipients (the reduction was $620 in 2018-19). Property owners with incomes below $500,000 are eligible for Basic STAR.
For property owners who receive the Enhanced STAR deduction, the Glenville reduction in 2019-20 was an estimated maximum of $1,199 (the reduction was $1,199 in 2018-19). Enhanced STAR is for property owners over age 65 with incomes of less than $86,300.