Register your STAR exemption by December 31 - posted August 22, 2013
The East Greenbush Central School District would like to remind all homeowners who claim the Basic School Tax Relief (Basic STAR) exemption to register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance by December 31, 2013 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.
The Basic STAR program provides a partial exemption from school taxes for homeowners with incomes less than $500,000 on their primary residence.
Visit http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star13/default.htm to register. You will need your STAR code to register which can be found using the online STAR Code Lookup. It can also be found in the instructions that will be mailed to you, or by calling 518-457-2036.
Have you ever lost $500? - Posted October 30, 2013
Saving up for holiday shopping? Register now to save $500! - Posted November 21, 2013
Budget Questions and Answers
- General Questions on Voting and Voter Registration - Updated October 1, 2013
Tax Levy Cap Information
- Tax Levy Cap Raises Stakes for Schools (Published by Questar III and Capital Region BOCES) - Posted March 22, 2013
- Three Tax Levy Numbers (Published by Questar III and Capital Region BOCES) - Posted March 22, 2013
- NY's Tax Levy Limit Formula (Published by Questar III and Capital Region BOCES) - Posted March 22, 2013
- Understanding New York's Property Tax Levy Cap (Published by Capital Region BOCES
and Questar III) - Posted March 22, 2013
- What is the New York State Property Tax Cap? - A video produced by Capital Region BOCES - Posted March 22, 2013
- Understanding Your District's Proposed Budget Under the Tax Levy Legislation (published by NYSASBO) - Posted April 17, 2012
- Q&A The Property Tax Cap from the NYSSBA - Posted March 29, 2012
- Answers to common questions on tax cap, tax levies and tax rates from the NYSSBA - Posted February 24, 2012
- New York State's Property Tax Cap: A Citizen's Guide (Published by the Empire Center) - Posted January 10, 2012
- Frequently Asked Questions - NY Property Tax Cap Legislation - Posted October 7, 2011
- District receives state approval to share buses - Posted June 25, 2013
Budget and Finance Documents
- Status of Transportation Department School Bus Fleet - Posted October 16, 2013
- Standard Work Day and Reporting Resolution Form - Posted November 14, 2013
- 1050 (Annual District Election and Budget Vote)
- 6100 (Annual Budget)
- 6110 (Budget Planning)
- 6110-R (Budget Planning Regulation)
- 6120 (Budget Hearing)
Overview of the Budget Process
Budget development starts in October when the Board of Education adopts a budget calendar. The Board also provides input to the administration on budget objectives and sets general parameters for the process.
The administration then prepares a budget with principals, department chairs and supervisors. Preliminary budgets are presented in March. The school board devotes time to budget development at its regular business meetings.
Administrators work to refine their numbers as more accurate cost estimates and enrollment figures are received during this period, and as Board members ask them to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of providing a service in a different way.
Throughout the winter and spring, school board members and administrators are also monitoring budget activity at the state level. School board members and administrators are in frequent contact with local legislators to inform them how various state funding proposals will affect East Greenbush schools.
The administration also looks at internal and external factors that are likely to have the greatest impact on the next year's budget. Such factors may include rising prices for fuel or health insurance.
In late March/early April (depending on state budget developments), the Board of Education votes on a proposed budget. A newsletter describing the budget is then printed and mailed to all district homes. A copy of the proposed budget broken down by line items is also available in late April at the main office of each school building, district office, public library and district website.
The public vote on the proposed budget is held by law on the third Tuesday in May, which this year will be May 20, 2014.