2016-17 school budget approved - thank you for voting
Watervliet school district residents have approved a $26.1 million budget for the 2016-17 school year, by 134 yes votes to 34 no votes, a margin of approximately 80 percent. Read more
The Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, May 17 at 9:30 p.m. in the administrative conference room at WJSHS to receive the 2016-17 school budget vote results.View agenda
New this year: 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.
The Watervliet Board of Education thanks everyone who attended the annual budget breakfast on Saturday, April 9 at WJSHS. District leaders shared an update on the development of the 2016-17 school budget. The proposed budget will be presented to school board members during their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 19. Thanks to Assemblymember John McDonald for joining Saturday's budget conversation and to students in the Food and Nutrition class for preparing breakfast.View presentation
2016-17 state budget includes $1.5 billion education funding increase, end to GEA
On Friday, April 1, New York lawmakers approved a 2016-17 state budget that includes an overall $1.5 billion – or 6.5 percent – increase in education funding. The state budget increases foundation aid – the primary source of funding for everyday school operations – by $627 million, or 4 percent. For Watervliet, the increase in foundation aid equals approximately $299,000, which is more than the allocation proposed by Governor Cuomo in his executive budget in January.More information
Fundamentals of developing the school budget
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BOE nominating petitions available, one seat up for election this year
Watervliet residents who are interested in running for the Board of Education may pick up a nominating petition packet from the District Office. One of the five school board seats will be up for election this year.More information
A preliminary school budget presentation for the 2016-17 school year was shared during the February Board of Education meeting. This presentation includes an early look at the school district's state aid allocation as proposed in the Governor's Executive Budget and an overview of the property tax levy cap.
Community invited to upcoming budget workshops
The Board of Education invites the community to 2016-17 school budget workshops on the following dates: Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., WES PTA meeting; Thursday, March 17, 6:00 p.m. prior to the regular board meeting, WJSHS; and Saturday, April 9, 9:00 a.m., budget breakfast, WJSHS.
2015-16 Budget Summary
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Watervliet community approves 2015-16 school budget proposal
Watervliet City School District residents Tuesday approved the proposed $25.89 million budget for the 2015-16 school year by a margin of 66 percent, or 96 yes votes and 50 no votes. Read more
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
Watch and learn about the GEA and its impact on our schools
NY's tax "cap" law
As school districts head into the third year of the tax levy limit, some questions remain about New York’s “2 percent property tax cap” and how it works. A video by the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service aims to break down the complexities of the law and explain it in terms that everyone can understand. More information
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
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.