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September 5, 2013
BH-BL tax rates to increase an average of 2 percent

In late August, the Board of Education adopted the 2013-14 property tax rates for the BH-BL school district. The average tax rate increase is 2 percent, which is slightly lower than had been anticipated due to more rapid than expected growth in overall property values.

Tax rate changes for each town

Because of changes in equalization rates, the impact of school taxes is felt differently in the four towns that make up the BH-BL school district. Equalization rates are set by the New York State Office of Real Property Services (ORPS), which is a 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.

New construction, an increase or decrease in property values and how close assessed values are to full-market value all impact towns’ equalization rates.

This year, Ballston’s equalization rate decreased by 1.2 percent, Glenville’s grew by 3.26 percent, and Charlton and Clifton Park remained the same. These figures translate to tax rates decreasing by 0.49 percent in Glenville, increasing by 2.75 percent in Clifton Park and Charlton and increasing by 4 percent in Charlton.

The chart below outlines the towns’ tax rates rounded to the nearest whole penny.


Tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value 2012

Tax rate per
$1,000 of assessed value in 2013

Dollar amount difference
from year to year

Percent difference from year to year











Clifton Park











Tax levy remains the same

The tax levy increase (the total amount to be collected) of $35,953,659, or 2.47 percent, is the same as was predicted in May. And, under New York state’s new property tax levy cap law, the increase is below the district’s maximum allowable limit.

The levy includes $4,912,373 in taxes that will be paid by the state under the STAR program. The overall 2013-14 school budget approved by voters in May is $59,016,106.

Tax bill payments

BH-BL school tax bills were mailed out on August 30 and are due by Wednesday, Oct. 2. Residents can pay their taxes by mail to:

BH-BL Schools
Receiver of Taxes
50 Cypress Drive
Glenville, NY 12302

Payment checks should be made out to BH-BL Schools. Credit cards or partial payments of taxes cannot be accepted.

Wednesday, Oct. 2, will be the final day that payments can be accepted without incurring a penalty.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Sept. 3 through Sept. 19, residents who wish to pay their tax bills in person may do so from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the First New York Federal Credit Union at 19 Glenridge Road, Glenville, across from the Glenville Town Library.

From Sept. 24 to Oct. 2, the credit union will accept in-person tax payments Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To avoid penalties, tax bills must be paid or postmarked no later than Oct. 2. Bills paid from Oct. 2 through Oct. 31 incur a 2 percent penalty. After Oct. 31, the school district can no longer accept tax payments. Under the law, uncollected bills are turned over to the counties for collection at that time.


See also: How to look up a BH-BL school tax bill