Budget and School Taxes
2020 Budget Vote & Board Elections
In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot because of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Qualified residents of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District will vote on a proposed $35,894,890 budget for the 2020-21 school year. Residents will also vote on a bus purchase proposition and to fill two seats on the Board of Education. All ballots are due to the district office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 9.
- Total budget: $38,074,070
- Year-to-year budget increase: $1,426,570 (3.9%)
- Year-to-year tax levy increase: $587,264 (3.9%)
By a vote of 423 to 221, residents of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District approved a $38,074,070 budget for the 2019-20 school year. The approved budget calls for a 3.9% spending increase from the 2018-19 school year and a 3.9% tax levy increase, which is below the district’s calculated tax levy “cap.”
District residents also approved (470 to 170) a proposition that will allow Broadalbin-Perth to purchase three 66-passenger school buses and one 20-passenger bus. The state will pay for approximately 77% of the cost of the purchase, and there is no tax increase associated with the bus purchase.
School Tax Rates & Bills
School property tax rates are set in August for the upcoming school year. Tax rates are based on the total tax levy in the voter-approved school budget, the state-determined equalization rates, and assessment rolls for each town.
School tax rates for the 2019-20 school year, per $1,000 of assessed value, are:
- Amsterdam — $198.133
- Broadalbin — $21.090
- Edinburg — $36.113
- Galway — $17.514
- Johnstown — $26.538
- Mayfield — $26.538
- Northampton — $26.946
- Perth — $34.703
- Providence — $18.833
Paying School Taxes
School property taxes are due Oct. 31 each year. School taxes will be collected without penalty from Sept. 4 through Oct. 4. A penalty of 2% will be added to payments received from Oct. 5 through Oct. 31. No payments are accepted after Oct. 31. Any amounts unpaid at that time will be turned over to the appropriate county.
In an effort to reduce costs, Broadalbin-Perth strongly encourages taxpayers to send their payment by mail if they are paying by check.
PAY BY MAIL (CHECK)
Payments that are mailed must be postmarked no later than Oct. 31. Checks should be made payable to Broadalbin-Perth School Tax Collector.
Send your check or money order to:
Tax Processing Unit
Broadalbin-Perth Tax Collector
PO Box 14225
Albany, NY 12212-4225
PAY ONLINE (CREDIT/DEBIT)
Taxes can be paid by credit/debit card (2-day processing).
Residents whose school tax bills are paid via escrow accounts should not use this service as the amount due will be deducted from their escrow accounts during the month of September, as in years past.
Residents who choose to use the online bill pay service should note that the company that provides the service charges a one-time transaction fee of $0.50 plus 3 percent of the bill total for credit or debit card payments (minimum $2 fee).
Pay your school tax bill online here. Property owners can search for their accounts by last name, street address, bill number or SBL (section, block, lot) number.
Property owners can contact the school tax collector Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at (518) 954-2505.
Questions about assessments, exemptions or address changes should be directed to local assessors:
- Amsterdam — (518) 842-7961
- Broadalbin — (518) 883-8628
- Edinburg — (518) 863-2034
- Galway — (518) 882-6070
- Johnstown — (518) 762-6804
- Mayfield — (518) 661-5414
- Northampton — (518) 863-4875
- Perth — (518) 843-6977
- Providence — (518) 882-6541
For information about STAR exemptions, visit the STAR website or call (518) 457-2036.