2020-2021 Budget


Budget Information and Communications

2020-21 Budget Newsletter

2019-20 Budget Newsletter

Fiscal Emergency  – Message from Superintendent

How did we get here? – Video

Fund Balance Analysis – Chart

Overview of Taxes – Video

Historical Taxes – Chart

Tax Comparison – Chart

5/18/20 School Board meeting and adoption of budget – Facebook Live recording

Budget Website Tutorial – Video

Special Education Costs – Video


2020-21 Budget Summary

Three Part Budget

Tax Roll Exemptions

Legal Notice

Assessment Rolls

Office of State Comptroller Statewide School Tax Rates

STAR exemption/rebate:

Star Website – Sign up / Learn More

STAR Exemption Amounts

Article about changes to STAR


How will this affect me?
We have developed a Tax Calculator so that each individual taxpayer can understand the increase.

What will the ballot look like? 
Please see a copy here:  Ballot

How do I request a ballot if I do not receive one in the mail?
Ballots are being mailed out on Friday, 5/22.  If you have not received a ballot by Friday, 5/29, you should call the Board of Elections at 518-270-2990 and be sure to request a ballot for the Rensselaer City School Election.  They are handling several elections and they don’t want to send you the wrong ballot.

How do I find out if I am registered?
Call the Board of Elections at 518-270-2990.

How do I register to vote?
Call the Board of Elections at 518-270-2990.

What is the last day to register to vote?
According to Executive Order 202.26, May 26th is the last day, but we would recommend that you do so as soon as possible.

How much do we spend compared to others?
According to the NYS Fiscal Accountability Summary, our per-student spending is below both the high needs school average and the state average for spending.

What will happen if the budget does not pass?
Unfortunately, due to the severity of the fiscal emergency, the school will not be able to have extra curricular activities or sports.  We will need to eliminate non mandated electives, and reduce the number of reading specialists that help to teach critical skills to our neediest elementary students.  We may need to increase the distance for walkers that are not eligible for bus transportation.  This is a difficult situation.