Budget/Tax/Voting Information

South Colonie 2023-24 Budget Vote

View the printable calendar here. 

Budget Development Calendar

November 15, 2022

BOE Meeting
Budget Calendar Adoption

November 2022

Begin meeting with budget builders and distribute budget guidelines

December 13, 2022

BOE Audit/Finance Committee Meeting
BOE Budget Workshop
Budget Goals, Preliminary Budget Discussion

January 15, 2023

Release of Governor’s Budget Proposal for State Aid (estimated)

January 17, 2023

BOE Meeting
Preliminary Budget Discussion
Focus: Athletics

February 7, 2023

BOE Meeting
Budget Discussion
Focus: Transportation, O&M

February 28, 2023

BOE Meeting
Budget Discussion
Focus: Special Education & Student Support Services

March 1, 2023

Submit 22-23 calculation for tax levy limit to OSC, Tax and Finance & SED

March 7, 2023

BOE Budget Workshop

March 14, 2023

BOE Meeting (Saddlewood)
Focus: Instruction
1st Draft of 2022-2023 Budget

March 28, 2023

BOE Budget Workshop (tentative, if needed)

Publication of First Legal Notice of School Budget Hearing and Budget Vote. (Subsequent notices to be published April 11, April 25, & May 9) 

April 1, 2023

NYS Budget Due and State Aid Released (estimated)

April 4, 2023

Budget Meeting (Veeder)
2nd Draft of the Budget – Community Budget Forum

April 17, 2023

Deadline for submission of petitions for nominations of BOE candidates, deadline for submission of petitions for propositions to be placed on ballot

April 19, 2023

BOE Meeting
Final Presentation and Adoption of 2023-24 Budget
Approval of the Property Tax Report Card

April 20, 2023

Submit 2022-2023 Property Tax Report Card (PTRC) (24 hours after budget adoption) 

April 25, 2023

Budget Statement and Attachments Must be Posted to District Website

May 2, 2023

BOE Meeting (Saddlewood)
Public Hearing – 2023-2024 Budget

May 3-10, 2023

Mail Budget Newsletter including Budget Notice and PTRC

May 16, 2023

ANNUAL BUDGET VOTE & SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

May 30, 2023

BOE MeetingCertification of Vote

Budget Meeting Schedule

November 15, 2022

BOE MeetingBudget Calendar Adoption

December 13, 2022

BOE Audit/Finance Committee Meeting
BOE Budget Workshop
Budget Goals, Preliminary Budget Discussion

January 17, 2023

BOE Meeting
Budget DiscussionFocus: Athletics

February 7, 2023

BOE MeetingBudget
DiscussionFocus: Transportation, O&M

February 28, 2023

BOE Meeting Budget Discussion
Focus: Special Education & Student Support Services

March 7, 2023

BOE Budget Workshop

March 14, 2023

BOE Meeting (Saddlewood)
Focus: Instruction
1st Draft of 2022-2023 Budget

March 28, 2023

BOE Budget Workshop (tentative, if needed)

April 4, 2023

Budget Meeting (Veeder)
2nd Draft of the Budget – Community Budget Forum 

April 19, 2023

BOE Meeting
Final Presentation and Adoption of 2023-24 Budget Approval of the Property Tax Report Card

May 2, 2023

BOE Meeting (Saddlewood)
Public Hearing – 2023-2024

Budget May 16, 2023

ANNUAL BUDGET VOTE & SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

May 30, 2023

BOE Meeting
Certification of Vote


South Colonie 2022-23 Budget Vote

South Colonie voters approve $113 million school spending plan and propositions; elect two board members

On May 17, South Colonie Central School District voters approved the district’s $113 million spending plan, bus, and property propositions approving a 13.16 acre real property purchase in the Town of Colonie.  Additionally, voters elected two board of education members.  The budget proposition passed by 77.2% with 1418 yes votes and 418 no votes.

“We want to thank all South Colonie residents who took time out of their day to vote,” said Dr. David Perry, superintendent of schools. “The 2022-23 budget will allow us to preserve educational programs and services at the current level for the 2022-23 school year and provide additional program enhancements to provide an equitable educational experience and access to services for all students.”

District-related propositions

    • $113,458,885 budget for the 2022-23 school year that increases spending 5.04% +$5,442,534 a levy increase of 2.42% (which is below the New York State Tax Levy Limitation): 1418 yes; 418 no
    • Property purchase plan to acquire 13.14 acres in the Town of Colonie. The total estimated cost of the land purchase is $1,900,000 initially financed over 30 years: 1236 yes; 586 no
    • School bus replacement plan to purchase 11 school buses of various sizes. Purchase includes six (6) 66-passenger buses, one (1) 24-passenger wheelchair bus, two (2) 16-passenger buses, and two (2) 6-passenger vehicles/buses.The total estimated cost of the bus proposition is $1,158,000: 1368 yes; 460 no

Board of education election

Two candidates sought election to one open board of education seat to succeed Rose Gigliello. 

    • Jeremy Rundell, 551 votes;
    • Rose Gigliello, 1192 votes

Rose Gigliello is set to begin her five-year term July 1.

Two candidates sought election to one open board of education seat to succeed Michael Keane. 

    • Michael Keane, 1159 votes;
    • Nicole Castelle,  588 votes

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


Budget Basics Explained in 60 Seconds

 


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 Ballot Application

Qualified voters can request an absentee ballot if they will not be able to vote in person due to illness or physical disability, hospitalization, incarceration (unless incarcerated for a felony), travel outside the voter’s county or city of residence for employment or business reasons, studies, primary caregiver obligations or vacation on the day of election.

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 2022-23


2021-22 District Tax Rates by Towns

  • South Colonie Properties – $28.01 per $1,000 of assessed value (59%)
  • Guilderland Properties – $16.59 per $1,000 of assessed value (100% or full value)
  • Niskayuna Properties – $17.28 per $1,000 of assessed value (96%)

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.