Press release of August 24, 2011
of 2.77 percent
BH-BL school tax
bills to go out August 29
BURNT HILLS: The Burnt
Hills-Ballston Lake school district has received
final tax equalization rates for the towns of
Ballston, Charlton, Glenville and Clifton Park, and
school tax bills are ready to be mailed to property
owners on August 29.
tax levy is the same amount as was projected last
May, but reduced property assessments in two of the
district's four towns mean that tax rates need to
increase slightly more than had been projected to
generate the same number of tax dollars.
August 9, BH-BL Board of Education members formally
approved a total tax levy of $34,281,282. This is
the the identical amount as was projected at the
time of the school budget vote in May.
The levy includes $4,686,191 in taxes
that will be paid by the state under the STAR
program. The overall 2011-12 school budget is
Tax rate changes for each town
School tax rates are increasing by 2.77 percent on average across the
towns. This is a weighted average that takes into consideration the fact
that Ballston and Glenville make up much larger
portions of the school district than Charlton and
rate changes are different for each town based on
equalization rates set by the NY Office
of Real Property Tax Services (ORPTS). ORPTS is the state
agency that calculates equalization rates each
year in an effort to spread the tax burden across a
school district from town to town as fairly as possible.
Ballston's equalization rate grew by four percent
this summer, while equalization rates for the other
three towns stayed the same, assistant
superintendent Jacqueline St. Onge says. "Each year
changes in the state-supplied equalization rates
cause the tax burden to shift a bit across our four
towns," she explains. "This fall Ballston residents
are benefiting, while in 2010 our Glenville
residents had a markedly lower tax rate increase
than the other towns, and in 2009 it was our Clifton
Park residents who benefited. These shifts tend to
even out over time."
Differences among the four towns reflect the amount of
new construction in each town, the rise or fall in
property values there, any assessment reductions, and how close assessed values
are to full market value — in the estimation of ORPTS.
Specifically, BH-BL school
tax RATES are increasing by only 0.01% percent in Ballston,
and by 4.35 percent each in Charlton, Glenville, and
for each town are shown in the following chart. Tax
rates are rounded to the nearest whole penny.
These numbers do NOT include changes due to the new STAR
exemption cap described below.
Tax Rate per Thousand Dollars
of Assessed Value
2010 to 2011, total assessed property values in the
BH-BL portions of the towns grew by $3.5 million in
Ballston and by $1.4 million in Charlton, but
assessments FELL by $64,000 in Clifton Park and by
$870,000 in Glenville. "We are seeing more
property owners grieve their assessments in the last
year or two, and lower assessments impact the
distribution of the tax burden too," says St. Onge.
Based on assessed property values, the town of
Glenville now makes up 38% of the BH-BL school
district, while Ballston is 37%, Charlton is 20%,
and Clifton Park is only 6%. Total assessed value of
all property in the district is $1.5 billion.
STAR savings increases now
capped at 2 percent
BH-BL residents' tax bills will also vary based on
whether they have a Basic or Senior
STAR exemption. Whereas the value of some BH-BL
residents' STAR exemption grew by as much as 22% in
2010, the state Legislature has now limited STAR
savings to a two percent annual increase.
district and school budget play no role in
determining STAR exemptions. A property owner's tax
exemptions, including STAR savings, are printed on each tax
bill. Information about STAR exemptions can be found
NY Department of Taxation & Finance website here. Specific STAR exemption values for each BH-BL
listed by county here.
BH-BL school tax
bills will be mailed out on August 29. Payment
checks should be made
out to "BH-BL Schools" and mailed to the Receiver of
Taxes, BH-BL Schools, 50 Cypress Drive, Glenville,
NY 12302. Credit card or partial payments of taxes
cannot be accepted.
During the month of
September, residents who wish to pay their tax bills
in person may do so at the First New York Federal Credit
Union at 19 Glenridge Road, Glenville, across from
the Glenville town library.
1 – 22,
the credit union will be accepting tax payments ONLY on Tuesdays
and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
From September 24 – 30, the
credit union will accept in-person tax payments any day
except Sunday during its regular banking hours,
which are printed on the tax bill.
To avoid penalties, tax bills must be paid or
postmarked no later than September 30. Bills paid from October 1 through
October 31 incur a two percent penalty.
For those interested in more information:
The school district determines only the total tax
levy. It plays no role in determining how much of
the levy is paid by any one town or any one
BH-BL Tax Bills Timeline for more
information on who decides what when in the annual
school tax process.)