Budget/Tax/Voting Information

South Colonie 2021-22 Budget Vote

South Colonie voters approve $108 million school spending plan; elect two board members
On May 18, South Colonie Central School District voters approved the district’s $108 million spending plan, elected two board of education members, and approved a 57 acre land purchase in the Village of Colonie.  The budget proposition passed by 79.5% with 920 yes votes and 238 no votes.

‘We want to thank all those who took the time to vote today,” said Dr. David Perry, superintendent of schools. “The 2021-22 budget will allow the district to continue to meet the needs of our students by preserving educational programming at the current level. Through additional stimulus funding, we will also be able to expand program offerings to support academic achievement and enhance our social-emotional wellness support for our students in the upcoming school year.”

District-related propositions

  • A $108,016,351 budget for the 2021-22 school year that increases spending 0.95% ($108,016,351, a levy increase of 1.0% (which is below the New York State Tax Levy Limitation): 920 yes; 238 no
  • Land purchase plan to acquire 57 acres in the Village of Colonie. The total estimated cost of the land purchase is $2,050,000 initially financed over 30 years:  731  yes; 418 no

Board of education election

Three candidates sought election to one open board of education seat to succeed Edward Sim. 

  • Graham Knowles, 349 votes;
  • Robert ‘Bob’ Downey, 169 votes; and
  • Bob Mesick, 497 votes.

Mesick is set to begin his five-year term July 1.

One candidate sought election to one open board of education seat to succeed Neil Johanning 

  • Chris Larrabee, 848 votes;

Larrabee is set to begin his five-year term July 1. 

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Voter Eligibility

You are a qualified voter if:

  • You are a citizen of the United States.
  • You are at least 18 years of age.
  • You are a resident of the District for at least thirty (30) days prior to the vote date.

Absentee Ballot Information

Absentee ballots will be automatically be mailed to each voter whose registration record on file with the County Board of Elections is marked “permanently disabled”.

Absentee Ballot Application

How to Vote by Absentee Ballot in New York State

Military Ballots

Military Ballot Application

Persons serving in the military, along with their spouses and/or dependents, already had the ability to register as a military voter in New York state, entitling them to receive an absentee ballot for all federal, state and local races that they would be otherwise entitled to vote in if they were to go to their assigned polling place based on their New York residence, according to the New York State Board of Elections.

In November 2019, the state implemented a new law expanding that ability, giving military voters the opportunity to cast their ballots for the election of members of the board of education and school district, public library trustees and the adoption of the annual budget, school district public library budget and referenda.

Military ballots will be automatically be mailed to each voter who had previously registered as a military voter in New York state. If you are in the military, and you would like to receive a ballot, applications are available and need to be returned to the district by the annual deadline.

Required Budget Documents 2021-22

2020-21 District Tax Rates by Towns

  • South Colonie Properties – $27.99 per $1,000 of assessed value
  • Guilderland Properties – $17.07 per $1,000 of assessed value (Full Value)
  • Niskayuna Properties – $17.07 per $1,000 of assessed value (Full Value)

District Tax No. 595

Reported income on your New York State tax return is a measure of a district’s wealth. Accurate completion of this information is important because the state uses it to calculate state aid for school districts. Please use District Tax No. 595.