School Tax Information
We are not accepting school tax payments in person this year. BOCES/NERIC has taken over the processing of tax payments for the district. Tax payments should be mailed to VCSD, PO Box 13295, Albany, NY 12212. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Jim Southard, Tax Collector, at 518-765-3313, ext. 102. We greatly appreciate all our taxpayers and their patience and understanding as we transition through this process.
The district is aware of a situation where anyone with an additional address on the tax rolls received a duplicate bill. They should be identical except for the name of the addressee. Please send back and pay only one of the copies. We apologize for the inconvenience.
If you do not have an escrow account and did not receive a tax bill, please contact the Tax Collector at 518-765-3313 ext. 102.
On May 17, 2022 voters approved the district’s proposed school budget for the 2022-2023 school year
- Budget Total: $28,146,611
- Spending Increase: $1,192,160 / 4.42%
- Tax Levy Increase: $481,666 / 2.5%
Budget vote totals
# of yes votes on budget: 893
# of no votes on budget: 208
total number of votes: 1101
Percentage of approval: 81%
Two school board candidates (4 year term) vote totals
Argi O’Leary: 754
Robyn Willoughby: 743
Vinny Commisso: 230
Write in: 215
Erika Smitkin: 185
Bus proposition passed
# of yes votes: 884
# of no votes: 214
bus proposition vote totals: 1098
Student board member proposition passed
# of yes votes: 904
# of no votes: 196
student board member vote totals: 1100
Library budget passed
# of yes votes: 893
# of no votes: 195
library budget vote totals: 1088
Library board trustee candidate (for 5 year term) vote totals
Linda Conway: 511
Georgia Gray: 216
Write in: 67
2022-2023 Budget Presentations
February 7, 2022 – Initial presentation of draft budget during Board of Education meeting
April 4, 2022 – Budget proposal presented during the Board of Education meeting
May 6, 2022 – Budget proposal presented at public hearing
Spending Plans for Federal Stimulus Funds
In response to the devastating economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed multiple stimulus packages.
The 2021-2022 enacted state budget includes language stating that, for the 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years, each school district receiving a foundation aid increase of more than 10% or $10,000,000 a school year must post a plan of how the funds will be used to address student
performance and need, including but not limited to:
- Increasing graduation rates and eliminating the achievement gap;
- Reducing class size;
- Providing supports for students who are not meeting, or who are at risk of not meeting, state learning standards in core academic subject areas;
- Addressing student social-emotional health; and
- Providing adequate resources to English language learners, students with disabilities, and students experiencing homelessness.
- Goals and ratios for pupil support.
- Detailed summaries of investments in current year initiatives and balance funds spent in priority areas.
Annual Budget Process
- December – February: Build preliminary budget
- January: Review budget calendar with Board of Education
- February: Presentation of Superintendent’s Draft Budget to the Board of Education
- Late February: Board of Education candidate petitions available
- March: Tax Levy Limit calculation to Office of State Comptroller
- March: Presentation of Superintendent’s Proposed Budget, legal notice of school budget hearing and budget vote
- April: Final budget presentation by the Superintendent. Board adopts budget and property tax report card
- April: Deadline for Board of Education candidate petitions. Absentee ballots made available to requestors
- April: Distribution of “Property Tax Report Card” within 24 hours of budget adoption
- May: Budget Hearing
- May: School Budget Notice mailed to the community
- Third Tuesday in May: Budget Vote and Board Trustee Election
Annual school budget vote and board elections
School budget votes and board of education elections are held the third Tuesday in May each year.
Who can vote?
Voters must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the Voorheesville Central School District for at least 30 days prior to the vote.
Voters may be required to show proof of residency before voting. If you did not vote last year, please be prepared to provide the clerk with identification. For example, a driver’s license or utility bill.
Polls are typically open from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Voorheesville Middle School foyer.
School Property Tax Exemption (STAR)
What is the STAR exemption?
STAR is New York State’s School Tax Relief Program that provides a partial property tax exemption from school taxes to eligible homeowners. Most New Yorkers who own and live in their home are eligible for the STAR exemption on their primary residence. There are two parts to the STAR property tax exemption:
- The Basic STAR exemption is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the homeowners’ income is under $500,000. Basic STAR works by exempting a portion of the full value of a home from school taxes.
- The Enhanced STAR exemption is available for the primary residences of senior citizens (age 65 and older) with yearly household incomes not exceeding a statewide standard. For qualifying senior citizens, the Enhanced STAR program provides additional savings by exempting a greater portion of full value from school taxes.
Homeowners who claim the Basic STAR exemption must register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in order to continue receiving benefits in 2014 and subsequent years. This is a new requirement implemented by the State in an effort to reduce fraud.
How do I register for the STAR exemption?
Register online, or call the STAR program directly at 518-457-2036.