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Budget & Taxes

Budget development is a year-round process. The Board of Education and district administrators work together to develop the budget throughout the year.

2020-21 RCS District Proposed Budget

2019-20 budget approved by voters

2020-21 Budget Development Calendar

The development of the 2020-21 budget will consist of presentations on specific departments/areas, which will be presented to the Board in the weeks leading up to the presentation of the overall budget for consideration by the Board.

  • Jan. 8: Board of Education meeting – Enrollment Study Review
  • Jan. 22: Board of Education meeting
  • Feb 5:  Initial Revenue Review – Tax Cap Calculations & Programmatic Planning
  • Feb. 12: Budget Workshop – Recap of 2019-20 and Enhancements for 2020-21, AWB and PBC & Transportation
  • March 4: Budget Workshop – Recap of 2019-20 and Enhancements for 2020-21, MS and HS and O&M, Technology
  • March 11: Board of Education meeting – Food service and Budget Discussion
  • March 25: Board of Education meeting – Budget Discussion
  • April 1: Board of Education meeting – Budget Discussion
  • April 22: Board of Education meeting – BOCES Budget Vote – Adoption 2020-21 RCS Budget; Approval of Property Tax Report Card
  • May 6: Board of Education meeting/hearing, Meet the Candidates
  • May 19: Budget Vote & Election
  • May 27: Board of Education meeting/Approve Budget and Election Results

Budget Presentations for 2020-21 School Year

School Tax Rates & Bills: 2020-21


School property tax rates are set in August for the upcoming school year. Tax rates are based on the total tax levy in the voter-approved school budget, the state-determined equalization rates, and assessment rolls for each town.

Estimated school tax rates for the 2020-21 school year, per $1,000 of assessed value, are:

  • Bethlehem – $19.4373
  • Coeymans – $18.4657
  • New Scotland – $ 20.2911
  • New Baltimore* – $26.7612
    *Property in New Baltimore is partially assessed, leading to a higher tax rate.

Paying School Taxes

School property taxes are due Oct. 31 each year. School taxes will be collected without penalty from Sept. 1 through close of business on Sept. 30. A penalty of 2% will be added to payments received from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. No payments are accepted after Oct. 31. Any amounts unpaid at that time will be turned over to the appropriate county.

Payment methods

Paying by mail

If mailing your check, include the tax bill stub with your payment and mail to the tax collection post office box:

Tax Processing Unit
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk CSD
PO Box 14195
Albany, NY 12212-4195

Paying in person

When paying in person, bring the entire tax bill with you. Payments can be made at the following branches of the National Bank of Coxsackie during normal banking hours:

Ravena Branch Office
Faith Plaza, Route 9W
Ravena, NY 12143

Glenmont Branch Office
331 Route 9W
Glenmont, NY 12077

Paying online

You can now pay your school taxes online using your credit/debit card or an e-check (e-checks will only be accepted through Sept. .27. 2020).

If using a credit/debit card, the online provider’s fee includes a one-time transaction fee of $0.50 plus a three point five percent (3.5%) site fee for each transaction.

If using an e-check the online provider’s fee includes a one-time transaction fee of $4.95 plus a half percent (0.5%) site fee for checks made out for more than $2,500.