South Colonie 2020-21 Budget Development Calendar
The South Colonie Board of Education has adopted its meeting calendar for development and presentation of the proposed 2020-2021 district budget:
2019-2020 Budget and Propositions Approved
Residents of the South Colonie Central School District went to the polls May 21 and approved a $104.88 million District budget for the 2019-20 school year by a vote of 956-270 or 78 percent.
Residents also approved two propositions on today’s ballot: 976-220 in favor of a school bus replacement plan to purchase 10 new school buses at a cost of $1,082,700 borrowed over 5 years and 1,044-181 in favor of a school safety capital project not to exceed $750,000 to replace fire alarm and public address systems in all five elementary schools, along with improving the high school multi-use gymnasium sound system.
Residents also elected three unopposed members to the South Colonie Board of Education for new terms that will begin on July 1. Elected were incumbents James Tim Ryan (971 votes), incumbent David Kiehle (924 votes) and newcomer Mike Keane (953 votes).
2019-2020 District Tax Rates by Towns
- South Colonie Properties – $27.25 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)
- More Information on Setting of 2019-20 School Tax Rates
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.
Where and When Do I Vote/Voter Eligibility
General Voting Information
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.
For the 2020-21 New York state school budget vote and board of education elections will be delayed until at least June 1, 2020, according to an executive order released by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday, March 30, 2020. View the executive order here.
The order specifically says, “Any school board, library board, or village election scheduled to take place in April or May of 2020 is hereby postponed until at least June 1, 2020, and subject to further directive as to the timing, location or manner of voting for such elections.”
This change will also impact school districts’ regular notification practices and timelines for sharing information about the vote and election.
To qualify to register to vote with the South Colonie Central School District, you must meet all of the conditions listed below:
- 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.
- You are not a convicted felon.
- You are not in jail or on parole for a felony conviction.
- You are not adjudged by a Court to be mentally incompetent.
Polling Sites: Where and When to Vote
Residents may vote at ANY of the District’s five elementary school buildings (Forest Park, Roessleville, Saddlewood, Shaker Road and Veeder schools.) There is NO VOTING at the High School or Middle School buildings. Polls are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on vote day.
Absentee Ballot Information
Absentee ballots will be automatically mailed to each voter whose registration record on file with the County Board of Elections is marked “permanently disabled”. All other voters must submit an application prior to obtaining an absentee ballot.
The application must be received by the District Clerk at least seven days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election if the ballot is to be issued to the voter in person. All completed applications must be received by District Clerk via first class mail or delivered in person to the District Office, 102 Loralee Drive, Albany, NY 12205. Fax or email applications will not be accepted.
Absentee ballots will be provided upon proper application to any qualified voter who will be unable to vote in person due to illness or physical disability, hospitalization, incarceration (unless for conviction of a felony), travel outside the voter’s county or city of residence for employment or business reasons, studies, or vacation on the day of the election.
The District Clerk will review the absentee ballot application to determine if the applicant is a qualified voter and is otherwise entitled to vote by absentee ballot. If the application is proper in all respects, the District Clerk will then mail or personally issue an absentee ballot to the voter.
All absentee ballots must be received in the office of the District Clerk (102 Loralee Drive, Albany, NY 12205) no later than 5 p.m. on the day of the vote. The ballot must be sealed, signed and dated. Please Note: The ballot will not be valid if there is no signature on the envelope.
Absentee Ballot Application and Instructions
The absentee ballot application and application instructions are available at the office of the District Clerk between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or at the link below. Any questions relating to the process for absentee ballots may be directed to Amber Flanders, District Clerk at (518) 869-3576, ext. 0442.