School Taxes Q&A

Look Up Your Tax Bill Online

Taxpayers can access their tax bill online for the current year starting in early September.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I get my school tax bill?
Tax bills will be mailed on or around Sept. 1, 2019. If you don’t receive your tax bill by Sept. 3, you can print a copy of your tax bill online or by contacting, Denise Fitzgerald, Receiver of School Taxes, 518-283-4600 ext. 13, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

When are my school taxes due?
Your taxes are due Sept. 3 through Oct. 2. After Oct. 2, you must pay a 2% penalty with your taxes owed by Oct. 31. School taxes are billed annually; you will receive a tax bill on or around Sept. 1.

What should I do if I find an error or missing exemption on my tax bill?
For errors related to your property assessment or exemption amount, please contact your local assessor:

  • Town of Brunswick, 518-279-3641 ext. 106
  • Town of North Greenbush, 518-283-6175
  • Town of Poestenkill, 518-283-5100

My tax bills will no longer be paid by escrow through my mortgage company. What do I do?
Usually, the escrow companies will let us know. You can also send an email or letter to the district with your address, SBL (Section, Block, Lot), and a signature.

Paying School Taxes

Mail-In Payments: A check can be mailed with your tax stub to: Wynantskill UFSD, 25 East Avenue, Troy, NY 12180. If a receipt is required, place an X in the box on your tax stub. Include appropriate penalty if paying on or after Oct. 3, 2019. Checks will be returned if not postmarked by Oct. 2, 2019, no exceptions.

Drop Off Payments: Payments can be dropped off at the School Main Office at 25 East Avenue between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3. Place payments in an envelope marked “Tax Collector” and leave at the Main Office.  Be sure to include your check and tax stub. A receipt will be mailed, if requested, by checking the box on the tax stub. There are no drop off payments taken Monday, Sept. 2, or Monday, Oct. 14.

In Person Payments: To pay your taxes in person, bring your entire tax bill to the School Main Office at 25 East Avenue. Payments will be accepted in person on the following Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.: Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2.

Assessments

Who determines the assessed value of my property?
Each city/town has an assessor who is responsible for determining the assessed values for properties within that town. Questions regarding town equalization rates and individual property assessments should be addressed directly to your city/town assessor.

What is Full Value?
The full value (also called market value) is what your property would sell for under normal conditions. For residential properties, your assessor generally determines market values by comparing your property with similar properties that have sold in similar neighborhoods, giving consideration to other factors possibly affecting market value.

What is Assessed Value?
The assessed value is the assessor’s opinion of your parcel’s current market value (full value) multiplied by the uniform percentage of value used in your town. Assessed values are used along with the tax rate to compute the tax due for a particular property, before exemptions.

What is an Equalization Rate?
Equalization rates are determined by the State and represent the overall ratio of a municipality’s total assessed value to the municipality’s total property market value. Equalization rates are used in apportioning property taxes among municipal segments of school districts. In order for a school district to fairly distribute its property tax levy, the levy needs to be divided in proportion to the total market value of each municipality or municipal segment. This allows for an equitable distribution of taxes based upon the market value of each municipality.