Exit poll report available
The Watervliet City School District conducted its first exit survey during the Annual School Budget Vote on May 20, 2014. The purpose of the survey was to collect demographic data about who voted on the budget and information about why voters voted the way they did. The survey was voluntary and anonymous. Paper surveys were made available to voters at the polling sites for anyone who chose to complete one after voting. While these results do not represent the opinions of all voters, they do provide many residents’ perceptions about the district and its proposed budget. READ THE COMPLETE EXIT SURVEY REPORT (PDF)
Watervliet community passes 2014-15 school budget proposal
Thank you voters!
Watervliet City School District residents Tuesday approved the proposed $24.95 million budget for the 2014-15 school year by a margin of 69 percent, or 222 yes votes to 100 no votes. Read more
Annual school budget vote and board election set for Tuesday, May 20
On Tuesday, May 20, Watervliet City School District residents will vote on a $24.95 million proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. at the Watervliet Elementary School and the Watervliet Elks Lodge. Visit the Voting Information web page for more about polling sites and voter eligibility. To learn more about the budget proposal, download a copy of the district's budget newsletter (PDF). Board of Education candidate information is available here.
Special meeting of Board of Education scheduled for Tuesday, May 20
The Board of Education will meet in special session on Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 p.m. in the WJSHS Conference Room to receive school budget vote/election results. View agenda │ download meeting materials
Board of Education adopts 2014-15 school budget proposal
On Tuesday, April 22, the Watervliet Board of Education adopted a $24,954,000 budget proposal for the 2014-15 school year. The proposed budget will be presented for public vote on May 20. More information
Meet the candidates for the Watervliet City School District Board of Education
Voters will elect two board members from three candidates. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes during the May 20 election will each be elected to a three-year, unpaid term beginning July 1, 2014, and expiring June 30, 2017. Information about candidates
District officials close to finalizing the 2014-15 school budget
Watervliet school district officials continued the formal budget development process on Saturday, April 12 with a review of the district’s final state aid numbers and a presentation of the district’s proposed $24,954,000 budget for the 2014-15 school year. Read more │ View budget presentation
Aid restored in recently adopted state budget will lessen, not end Watervliet’s fiscal challenges
As reported in the newspapers and other media outlets, most school districts in New York are receiving increased state aid as a result of state budget negotiations.
The aid projections distributed by the New York State Education Department, indicate that Watervliet is receiving a 13 percent increase—an increase of $2 million—for school year 2014-15. At first glance, this would appear to be promising news, however, a closer analysis of the aid projections reveals the reality of those numbers for the district. Read more
Community invited to Budget Breakfast Workshop on Saturday, April 12
The Watervliet Board of Education invites community members, parents, staff and students to a budget breakfast and workshop this Saturday, April 12 at 9 a.m. in the WJSHS conference room. Enjoy light breakfast fare, prepared by the Foods & Nutrition class, as district leaders provide an update on the 2014-15 budget development process. The workshop offers an opportunity for the community to discuss the budget in an informal setting, ask questions and share ideas.
School Board nominating petitions available
March 7, 2014
Qualified residents who are interested in running for the Watervliet City School District Board of Education may pick up candidate nominating petitions in the office of the District Clerk (1245 Hillside Drive) on normal business days between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. All school board candidate nominating petitions must be filed with the District Clerk no later than 3:00 p.m. on April 30, 2014. More information
Watch and learn about the GEA and its impact on our schools
Jan. 28, 2014
Want to learn more about what the state's GEA has meant for Watervliet Schools during the past four years? View the infographic
State aid for education increases, GEA remains in Governor’s budget proposal
January 24, 2014
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed investment in New York State schools would increase by $807 million or 3.8 percent next school year but his budget plan still fails to address the underlying problem facing Watervliet and other school districts across the state – the Gap Elimination Adjustment or GEA. Read more
New law requires homeowners to re-register to receive STAR exemption in 2014
Taxpayers who currently receive the Basic STAR exemption on their homes must re-register with the state by Dec. 31, 2013 to receive the exemption in 2014 and the years that follow. This new requirement, however, does not affect school tax bills that will be mailed this fall. If you are already registered for STAR you will receive your exemption. The state will mail letters to current registrants explaining the new STAR registration process, or learn how to register online.
The STAR Program provides school tax relief for homeowners, with the State paying a portion of those taxes for eligible homeowners. It is not a new source of funding for schools and does not reduce or increase actual school tax rates. To receive the tax relief, homeowners must apply through their local assessor's office. In the past, once homeowners applied for and received the Basic STAR exemption, they did not need to reapply unless they purchased and moved to a new primary residence. Read more
Other budget resources
NY's tax "cap" law
As school districts head into the third year of the tax levy limit, some questions remain about New York’s “2 percent property tax cap” and how it works. A video by the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service aims to break down the complexities of the law and explain it in terms that everyone can understand. More information
Budget Fact Sheets (pdf)
New York State's Tax Levy Cap │School mandates and mandate relief in NYS │The Gap Elimination Adjustment │Public employee pensions in NYS │Understanding New York's STAR program │ Understanding your school tax bill
Comparing property taxes
Interested in seeing how Watervliet school and other taxes compare to surrounding districts and municipalities? The SeeThroughNY website has a benchmarking tool that allows visitors to calculate and compare property taxes by location.