Late last week Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order that would allow New Yorkers to “prepay” their 2018 property taxes before the end of 2017 tax year because the new federal tax bills will limit the deduction for state and local property taxes. It is important to note that this executive order does not expressly authorize school districts to adopt tax warrants and issue school tax bills in advance. More specifically, BH-BL cannot levy taxes on a 2018-19 school budget before the Board of Education and the voters have adopted it. (The budget won’t go before voters until May 2018.) Like many school districts, BH-BL’s fiscal year is July 1 to June 30.
In a conference call with reporters, the Governor and his budget director explained that the order is directed primarily at local governments which operate their fiscal year based on a calendar year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31). They acknowledged that facilitating prepayment of taxes is likely not possible for most school districts. However, early payment of property tax bills could be possible for some towns and counties that have levied their taxes in December and thus can collect them in December and early January. To learn more about early payment of your property taxes, please contact your town’s assessor’s office:
Ballston: 518-885-8502, ext. 20
Charlton: 518-384-0152, ext. 206
Clifton Park: 518-371-6460, ext. 235
Glenville: 518-688-1200, ext. 403
School officials and the board have begun work on the 2018-19 school budget. The first order of business is the approval and adoption of the budget context, objectives and development calendar. The board uses this as a guide when building the budget, which goes before voters Tuesday, May 15. The Board is expected to adopt the calendar at its Dec. 12 meeting.
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Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Albany, NY 12224
Honorable Carl Heastie
New York State Assembly
Legislative Office Building, Room 932
Albany, NY 12248
Legislative Office Building, Room 803
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2181
Fax: (518) 426-8621
Mary Beth Walsh
Legislative Office Building, Room 725
Albany, NY 12248