Budget & Taxes

Budget & Taxes News

Budget graphicDuring the months of March and April, the Board of Education works with the administration to build a budget to bring to the community during voting in May. Community budget votes, as well as races for open Board of Education seats, are held each year on the third Tuesday of May.

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 2019-20 dates:

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019: Deadline for an absentee ballot application if you want the application mailed to you.
  • Monday, May 20, 2019: Deadline to request an absentee ballot in person at the Scotia-Glenville business office.
  • Tuesday, May 21,2019: 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 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.

Enhanced 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.