Budget & Taxes

2023-2024 Budget Results

Yes 147 
No 39 
Percentage of Approval: 79%

Charlie Luke:  139 Votes- Term: July 1, 2023-June 30, 2027
Joshua Kullman: 74 Votes
Mashal Shaikh: 94 Votes- Term: May 17, 2023-June 30, 2026

Yes 149
No 39
Percentage of Approval: 79%

Yes 163
No 25
Percentage of Approval: 87%

Tammy McNamara: 51 Votes
Jennifer Baltrush-Gifford: 40 Votes
Libby Post: 85 Votes
Kelley Lemyre: 91 Votes
Rosalynn Duvall: 27 Votes

2024-2025 Budget Calendar

  • January 8, 2024   –  Present Draft 2024-2025 Budget Calendar
  • January 29, 2024   –  Budget Workshop
  • February 12, 2024   –  Budget Workshop
  • March 1, 2024   –  Submit the 2023-2024 Calculation for Tax Levy to the Office of The State Comptroller, Tax and Finance, and SED
  • March 11, 2024  –   Budget Workshop:  2024-2025 Draft 1
  • April 9, 2024  –   Budget Workshop:   2024-2025 Draft 2
  • April 22, 2024  –   Budget Workshop:  2024-2025 Adopt the Budget and Approval Of the Property Tax Report Card
  • April 23, 2024   –  Submit Property Tax Report Card/Administrator Salary Disclosure Due
  • May 1, 2024  –   Budget Statement and Attachments made available
  • May 8, 2024   –  Budget Workshop:  Budget Hearing
  • May 9, 2024   –  Mail Budget Newsletter including Budget Notice and Property Tax Report Card
  • May 21, 2024   –  Budget Vote

*Additional Budget Workshop meetings

The schedule is subject to change. Additional Budget Workshop meetings may need to be added if necessary. Any dates and content are subject to change based on the information available.

Past budget summaries


Final Budget: $10,821,622

Spending Increase: 5.31 percent

Tax Levy Increase: 2.9 percent


Final Budget 2021-22: $10,275,635

Spending Increase: 4.59 percent

Tax Levy Increase: .31 percent


Final Budget 2020-21: $9,824,370

Spending Increase: 8.69 percent

Tax Levy Increase: 3.36 percent


Final Budget 2019-20: $9,038,667

Spending Increase: 3.53 percent

Tax Levy Increase: 3.75 percent


Final Budget 2018-19: $8,730,680

Spending Increase: 2.14 percent

Tax Levy Increase: 3.25 percent


Final Budget 2017-18: $8,548,159

Spending Increase: 2.54 percent

Tax Levy Increase: 1.81 percent

Voter Information

Residents across New York State go to the polls on the third Tuesday of each May to vote on the annual school budget and elect members to the Board of Education. Voters must be 18 years old, United States citizens, and have resided in the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote. You do not need to be pre-registered in order to vote, but personal identification may be requested at the polls.

Absentee ballot information

Absentee ballots are issued, upon request, to residents of the school district who will be out of town or unable to vote in person due to illness or disability. To vote via absentee ballot, district residents must first complete and sign an absentee ballot application.

A completed 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 the day before the election if the ballot is to be picked up at the District Office. The ballot itself must be returned to the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on the day of the election.

Trish O’Connell | District Clerk
518-465-4561, ext. 101

Menands School District
19 Wards Lane
Menands, NY 12204

School Taxes

School taxes are collected on behalf of the district by the Town of Colonie Tax Department. 

Town of Colonie Tax Department Website | (518) 783-2730 | Tax Dept. FAQs  | Look up and pay your tax bill online

The STAR Program

Homeowners who meet certain eligibility requirements through the New York State School Tax Relief Program – STAR – can have a portion of their home’s assessed value exempt from school property taxes. Learn more about the STAR program.

Foundation Aid

An integral portion of school aid from New York State is disbursed as Foundation Aid. This funding was established to assist school districts in providing students with the foundation for a basic education. This aid is used for general school operations and is based on student needs, enrollment, and district fiscal capacity. The State has yet to distribute the full amount originally owed to districts and aims to phase in this funding by the 2023-24 school year. Due to changes in factors that the formula takes into consideration, the Menands UFSD was allocated an increase in this aid for school years through 2023-24. The Foundation Aid funds for the 2021-22 school year were incorporated into the budget and addressed the following:

Eliminating the achievement gap

Addressing student social-emotional health

Providing adequate resources to English language learners, students with disabilities, and students experiencing homelessness

The 2021-22 budget was approved by the voters of our community, and stakeholders were involved throughout the budget process by participating in budget workshops, hearings, and through the voting process. This budget had an 80 percent approval rate from the community.