Budget and Taxes

Budget vote and Board of Education election is Tuesday, May 18

The 2021-22 Budget Vote and Board of Education election will take place from 1-9 p.m. at the Duanesburg Jr./Sr. High School. 

Board of Education adopts proposed budget

The Duanesburg Central School District Board of Education adopted a $17.885 million budget proposal for the 2021-22 school year at its meeting Tuesday, April 13. The plan enhances the district’s academic programs and supports its strategic plan, reflecting a 1.82% percent year-to-year spending increase while staying under the tax levy limit. 

Key Points

  • DCS will continue all existing student programs and support services in the 2021-22 budget. 
  • The year-to-year spending increase amounts to $320,000, or 1.82%. Further spending increases were reduced through operational efficiencies and an administrative reorganization.
  • The district is balancing the budget through a combination of fund balance, state aid and property taxes. The proposed budget includes a tax levy change of 1.95%. This is below the tax cap of 4.45%. 
  • Federal stimulus money is not included in the 2021-22 spending plan. Stimulus funds will not be used for ongoing costs.


“We have a responsibility to the community to ensure that the district uses its resources as effectively and efficiently as possible,” Superintendent of Schools James Niedermeier said. “At the same time, we strive to create an academic program that positions all of our students to become successful and productive members of a global economy — whatever their path may be.” 

What’s Next?

  • The community is invited to learn more about the proposed budget at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4 at a virtual public hearing
  • Community members can meet the Board of Education candidates at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 at a virtual event sponsored by PTA.
  • Residents will vote on the budget and the board member election on Tuesday, May 18 from 1-9 p.m. at the Jr/Sr. High School. 

Learn More 

Superintendent Dr. James Niedermeier and Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Rivenburg have given bimonthly budget presentations to the Board of Education since February. The presentations are available below:

Budget development timeline

Budget work sessions are held during Board of Education meetings. Meetings are being held virtually starting at 6:30 p.m. 

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 –BOE Meeting/Budget Work Session
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 – BOE Meeting/Budget Work Session
  • Monday, March 1 – Submit Tax Levy limit to the Office of State Comptroller by March 1
  • Tuesday, March 9 – BOE Meeting & Budget Work Session
  • Tuesday, March 23 – BOE Meeting & Community Budget Presentation
  • Friday, April 2 – Gazette Legal Notice #1 of 4 at least 45-49 days before Meeting, to be published 4 times
  • Tuesday, April 13 – Board of Education Meeting to Adopt Budget
  • Wednesday, April 14 – Submit Property Tax Report Card to SED & local newspaper (within 24 hours of adoption)
  • Monday, April 19 – Last day to submit Board of Education Petitions. Three 3-year term seats are open: Shayne Mitchell, Teresa Wood-Irvin and Betsy Wright, one 2-year term to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Camille Siano Enders expiring June 30, 2023. Petitions are due by 5 p.m. at the Central Office.
  • Tuesday, April 20 Drawing for Board of Education Candidate Ballot position, day after petitions are due; Gazette Legal Notice #2 of 4
  • Wednesday, April 21 Special Board of Education Meeting to vote on BOCES Admin. Budget – time to be determined
  • Friday, April 23 Mail military ballots (25 days prior to vote).
  • Monday, April 26 Absentee Ballot applications available on line and at Central Office
  • Tuesday, May 4 Public Budget Hearing (Presentation of Adopted Budget) followed by Board of Ed. Meeting – Adopted Budget available to public
  • Wednesday, May 5 Gazette Legal Notice #3 of 4
  • Monday, May 10 Mail Budget Notice (Budget Newsletter)
  • Thursday, May 13 Virtual “Meet the Candidates” Night at 7 p.m., sponsored by PTA
  • Monday, May 17 Gazette Legal Notice #4 of 4
  • Tuesday, May 18 Annual Budget Vote/BOE Member Election, 1-9 p.m., Joe Bena Hall, 163 School Drive, Delanson, followed by a brief BOE gathering to announce budget and BOE election results.

2021-22 proposed budget snapshot

Total Budget: $17,885,000
Total Budget Change from 2019-20: $320,000, or 1.82%
Tax Levy Change from 2019-20: 1.95%
Tax Levy Limit (“Cap”): 4.45%

2020-21 budget snapshot

Total Budget: $17,565,000
Total Budget Change from 2019-20: $200,000, or 1.15%
Tax Levy Change from 2019-20: 1.9%
Tax Levy Limit (“Cap”): 5.11%

2019-20 budget snapshot

Total Budget: $17,365,000
Total Budget Change from 2018-19: $215,000, or 1.25%
Tax Levy Change from 2018-19: 0
Tax Levy Limit (“Cap”): 0.44%

School taxes

Tax bills are mailed in early September, with payment due by Oct. 9 without penalty. After that date and until Nov. 2, a 2% penalty is charged.

You can access your tax bill information online. 

Tax payments can no longer be made in person at the DCS Central Office.

New York State School Tax Relief (STAR)

For questions regarding STAR Exemptions, contact the STAR Program directly at 518-457-2036.

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