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 sstarr@rcscsd.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

Proposed Budget 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.

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 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

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 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.