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