Budget, Taxes and Financial Audits
2021-22 Budget Development
Budget development is a year-round process. The Board of Education and district administrators work together to develop the budget throughout the year.
Absentee Ballot Update
Please note: An absentee ballot application must be received by the District Clerk at least seven (7) days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or not later than the day before the election if it is delivered in person. An absentee voter’s ballot will not be counted unless it is received in the office of the District Clerk by 5:00 pm on the day of the election.
Please Note: The RCS District Office will have an Absentee Box Drop off located at the back of the building. For questions, please contact the District Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021-22 Budget Newsletter
View the 2021-22 RCS Budget Newsletter here.
2021-22 Board of Education Candidates
View the Board of Education candidates here.
School Budgets in 60 seconds
2021-22 Budget Development Calendar
The development of the 2021-22 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. 6: Board of Education meeting
Jan. 20: Board of Education meeting – Enrollment Study Review
Feb 3: Initial revenue review including roll-over budget and tax cap calculation - Report on Budget Advisory Committee Meeting
Feb. 8: Receive completed budget forms from all departments by February 18, 2021
February 11: Legal notice for BOE petition
February 22: Candidates petitions available at District Office
February 24: Board of Education meeting – Report on Budget Advisory Committee
March 1: Deadline to submit initial Tax Levy calculation to the Office of State Comptroller
March 3: Board of Education meeting – Report on Budget Advisory Committee Meeting - Food Service and Transportation Budgets
March 17: Board of Education meeting - 2021-22 Proposed Enhancements for El, MS and HS - O&M and Technology Budget
March 31: Tentative BOE meeting
April 1: First legal notice (49 days before vote)
April 14: BOE Meeting - Report on Budget Advisory Committee
April 15: Second legal notice
April 19: BOE Petitions due by 5 p.m. - First declaration of campaign expenses due.
April 19: First declaration of campaign expenses due (30 days prior to election)
April 21: BOE Meeting/BOCES Budget Vote - Adoption 2021-22 RCS Budget - Approval of Property Tax Report Card
April 23: Absentee Ballots sent
April 29: Third legal notice
May 3: Budget available for buildings and library - Second Declaration of Campaign expenditures
May 5: BOE Meeting, Budget Hearing, Meet the Candidates
May 6: Fourth legal notice
May 6: Mail budget notice to eligible voters
May 13: Second declaration of campaign expenses due ( 5 days prior to election)
May 18: Budget Vote & Election
May 19: BOE Meeting - Vote approval
June 7: Third declaration of campaign expenses due (20 days after election)
Required Budget Documents 2021-22
Budget Presentations for 2021-22 School Year
School Tax Rates & Bills: 2021-22
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Due to a large volume of payments being processed at this time, and limited staffing at BOCES, payments are taking longer than expected to be posted. Please be assured that there will be not a penalty if the US Postmark on the envelope is timely.
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 and library tax rates for the 2021-22 school year, per $1,000 of assessed value, are:
Bethlehem – $19.876900
Coeymans – $18.485500
New Scotland – $ 20.313800
New Baltimore* – $28.008400
*Property in New Baltimore is partially assessed, leading to a higher tax rate.
Paying School Taxes
School property taxes are due November 1, 2021, this year. School taxes will be collected without penalty from Sept. 1 , 2021 through the close of business on September 30, 2021. A penalty of 2% will be added to payments received from Oct. 1, 2021 through November 1, 2021. No payments will be accepted after November 1, 2021. Any amounts unpaid at that time will be turned over to the appropriate county.
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
PO Box 14195
Albany, NY 12212-4195
Paying in person
When paying in person, bring the entire tax bill with you to the National Bank of Coxsackie. 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
You can now pay your school taxes online using your credit/debit card or an e-check (e-checks will only be accepted through Oct. 15, 2021).
If using a credit/debit card, the online provider’s fee includes a one-time transaction fee of $0.50 plus a three percent (3.5%) site fee for each transaction (minimum charge $2.00). To avoid penalties, online payments will only be accepted through October 15, 2021
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 $2,500.00.
If you have questions about your tax bill, please call the RCS tax collector at (518) 756-5200 ext. 6000.
If you have questions related to receiving an absentee ballot, please email email@example.com.
If you have any issues accessing any document on this page, please contact Rich Meddaugh at (518) 756-5200 ext. 6017.
2019-20 RCS Financial Report
RCS Extraclassroom Activity Fund Financial Report
RCS Extraclassroom Activity Fund Financial Report - Audit Letter
RCS District Financial Statements -Audit Letter
2019 RCS District Financial Report
2019 RCS Extraclassroom Activity Financial Report
2019 RCS District Financial Report - Audit Letter
2018 RCS District Extraclassroom Activity Fund Financial Report - Audit Letter
2017 RCS District Financial Report
2017 RCS Extraclassroom Activity Financial Report
2017 RCS District Financial Statements - Audit Letter
2017 RCS District Extraclassroom Activity Financial Report - Audit Letter
Reports from the Office of the State Comptroller