The ANNUAL SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE takes place Tuesday, MAY 16, 2017
Polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Watervliet Elementary School and the Watervliet Elks Club, 4th Avenue & 5th Street.
Watervliet Public Library proposition to appear on May 16 ballot
Watervliet City School District residents will see a separate proposition for funding to support the local library on the May 16 school budget ballot. The Watervliet Public Library Board of Trustees recently notified district officials about the proposition, which asks voters to authorize the school district to levy a tax of $150,000 to support the library’s programs and services. It is important to note that library funding and school budget are completely separate propositions.More information
Budget workshop #2 moved to March 21
The second budget workshop originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 will take place on Tuesday, March 21 at the Watervliet Elementary School PTA meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Interested in serving on the Watervliet school board?
Nominating petitions are available for two open seats on the Watervliet CSD Board of Education. The board seats will be on the ballot during the annual school budget vote on Tuesday, May 16. Candidates who are interested in running for a three-year term on the board can pick up a petition at the district office, 1245 Hillside Drive (Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School). Candidates are required to submit a petition with 100 original signatures no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26. More information │ Download a nominating petition
Governor outlines proposed school aid in Executive Budget Proposal
Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal on Tuesday, Jan. 17, that includes a $1 billion increase in overall funding for the state’s schools in the 2017-18 school year. Read more
2016-17 Watervliet City School District school budget at a glance …
Tax Levy Increase:
Digital voting machines
WCSD will be using electronic voting machines at its two polling sites this year as Albany County is in the process of replacing the lever voting machines for all upcoming elections. Watch this short video to learn more!
For additional information, visit the Albany County Board of Elections website.
Fundamentals of developing the school budget
Learn the ABCs of school budget development
in less than 3 minutes by watching the video clip below:
The New York State Property Tax Freeze credit
New York’s Property Tax Freeze Credit was signed into law in April 2014 as part of the 2014-15 New York state budget. What is it and how do eligible Watervliet homeowners receive it? Download fact sheet
NY's tax "cap" law
A video by the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service aims to break down the complexities of New York’s “2 percent property tax cap” law and explain how it works in terms that everyone can understand. More information
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.
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