South Colonie 2020-21 Budget Vote
in June, South Colonie Central School District voters approved the district’s $107 million spending plan and elected Brian Casey for another term.
Instead of the traditional mid-May Budget Vote date, on May 1. Gov. Cuomo announced that the 2020-21 budget vote and board of election would take place exclusively by absentee ballot in June due to concerns regarding the coronavirus public health crisis. South Colonie residents took to the polls via absentee ballot to vote on the following:
A $107,000,975 budget for the 2020-21 school year that increases spending by 2.02 percent over the current school year, and includes an increase in the district tax levy of 2.92 percent. Approved by South Colonie voters 1706 to 516.
Voters also re-elected Brian Casey as a member of the South Colonie Board of Education with 1948 votes. Casey is set to begin his five-year term on July 1.”
A proposition to purchase five school buses of various sizes financed over five-years of $531,000 was also approved by voters 1629 to 588.
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”.
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.
- Three-part budget
- Total Budget Statement
- Revenue Summary
- Property Tax Report Card
- District’s Fiscal Accountability Summary
- School Academic Report Cards
- Required Compensation Information
- Exemption Impact Report for Colonie
- Exemption Impact Report for Niskayuna
- Exemption Impact Report for Guilderland
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.