School Taxes

Please note

Tax collections ended Oct. 31, 2019. Unpaid school tax bills are now in the hands of your county of residence. Please see below under Unpaid School Tax Bills for more information.

Tax bills – General information

Tax bills were mailed in early September, with payment due by Oct. 9 without penalty. After that date and until Oct. 31, a 2 percent penalty was charged.

You can access your tax bill information online at: Tax Bill Information

Tax payments can no longer be made in person at the DCS Central Office. Payments must be mailed or paid online.

Pay by mail – check or money order

Tax bills may be paid by check (payable to: Duanesburg Central School Tax Collector) or money order, by mail. Please make check or money order payable to Duanesburg Central School District Tax Collector and mail with remittance stub to:

Duanesburg Central School District
Tax Processing Unit
133 School Drive
Delanson, NY 12053

For your convenience, a pre-addressed envelope is provided with your tax bill. The U.S. Postmark determines date of payment.

Pay Online – Third-Party Provider

Tax bills may be paid online by credit card or debit card through a third-party payment service. A service fee of 3 percent of the tax bill or $2, whichever is more, is charged by the service and goes directly to the third-party service and not to DCS.

The third-party service also accepts e-checks and charges a fee of $4.95 for bills up to $2,499. For bills of $2,500 or more, a fee of $4.95 plus one-half percent of the total amount of the bill will be charged.

Pay your taxes online here:

Unpaid school tax bills

After October 31, any amounts unpaid are turned over to the appropriate jurisdiction for collection and/or enforcement based on the location of the parcels involved as follows:

County of Albany, Finance Office: (518) 477-7070
County of Montgomery, Treasurer’s Office: (518) 853-8175
County of Schenectady, Finance Office: (518) 388-4260 or 4228
County of Schoharie, Treasurer’s Office: (518) 295-8386

Local assessor information

Please contact your local assessor if you have questions about:

1. Your assessment
2. Exemptions
3. Address changes

Town of Duanesburg: (518) 895-8920, ext. 109
Town of Charleston: (518) 922-7844
Town of Knox: (518) 669-6459
Town of Wright: (518) 872-9726
Town of Princetown: (518) 357-4045, ext. 5
Town of Florida: (518) 843-3032
Town of Schoharie (518) 295-6571

If you have questions for the Duanesburg Central School District Business Office or Tax Collector, please call (518) 895-2279, ext. 238.

School tax rates

School tax rates are affected primarily by the tax levy, the total amount to be collected from all property taxpayers, and property assessments, as well as by each town’s equalization rate — a percentage level set by New York state that compares property assessment in towns to real estate market value.

School tax rates are calculated after Duanesburg Central School District receives final assessment figures from the seven towns located within the district and the final equalization rates as set by the state.

DCS receives updated tax rate information in late summer/early fall.

Learn more about STAR – the New York State School Tax Relief program

The STAR program provides partial school property tax savings to eligible homeowners. Most New Yorkers who own and live in their homes are eligible for STAR savings on their primary residences.

There are two STAR programs, Basic and Enhanced, with different eligibility requirements. The STAR program is tax relief for homeowners paid for by New York state through state taxes. This tax relief for homeowners does not affect the school district budget.

Changes to STAR enacted as part of 2020 New York State Budget

Two changes to the STAR program were enacted as part of the state’s budget in April 2020:
1. Taxpayers who have property tax bills “that remain unpaid one year after the last date on which they could have been paid without interest” are not eligible for STAR savings. Homeowners will be excluded from the STAR program until past-due property taxes are paid.

2. There is an extension to the enrollment period for Enhanced STAR filers. The fiscal year 2019 state budget required all Enhanced STAR recipients to enroll in the Income Verification Program. The enrollment period was reopened to allow homeowners who failed to register last year to retroactively verify their income. More information about the Enhanced STAR Income Verification Program can be found here.

The NYS Property Tax Relief Credit has expired

Through the Property Tax Relief Credit, property owners in districts that complied with the state’s property tax cap had received a check each year. The credit expired as of this year and was not renewed in the 2020 New York State Budget.