School tax bills to drop by 0.45% this September

For the fourth time in 12 years, the Scotia-Glenville tax rate will decline this September, saving the typical taxpayer (with a $160,000 assessment) about $17 off their September tax bill.

“We are very pleased to be able to, once again, cut taxes albeit in a small way,” said Superintendent Susan Swartz. “We tell our community that we are the guardians of their money. We try to be responsible with the trust that they place in us.”

The Board of Education on Monday adopted a Glenville tax rate of $23.66  per $1,000 assessed value. That is a 0.45% decrease from the 2020 rate of $23.77.

September’s typical S-G tax bill will be $3,786, a drop from the typical tax bill in 2020 of $3,803.

When the budget was approved in May, the school district said taxes would climb by a maximum of 0.13%, about $5 more per year for the typical taxpayer.

Scotia-Glenville’s school tax rates were also dropped in 2009, 2015 and 2016.

Andrew Giaquinto, school business administrator, said the tax base grew by $7 million since last year thanks to a $5 million change in National Grid assessments and an $825,000 change in Stewart’s assessment.

The tax levy will still increase by 0.13% to $31.047 million.

Other tax rates set by the Board of Education on Monday for property included in the S-G school district were: Amsterdam, +1.21% to a rate of $210.38 per $1,000 assessed value and Charlton, +0.73% to a rate of $29.58 per $1,000 assessed value.

He also noted that the STAR amounts have been confirmed: Basic STAR will decrease tax bills by $599 and the Enhanced STAR program will decrease tax bills by $1,199.