Budget & Taxes

2022-23 Budget Information

On April 11, the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District adopted the 2022-23 budget proposal of $10,821,622. Eligible Menands residents will vote on this budget proposal on Tuesday, May 17.

All public schools in New York state are required to report appropriations in three categories: administrative, program and capital. The following data show how Menands budget breaks down under this formula:

Program Budget: $8,255,895 (76.29%)

Capital Budget: $1,408,044 (13.01%)

Administrative Budget: $1,157,683 (10.70%)

Menands Budget Newsletter 2022 (pdf)

Voter Information

Vote date: Tuesday, May 17

Polling location: Menands School, 19 Wards Lane

Vote time: Noon to 8 p.m.

Please note: Absentee ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17. 

On the ballot

Also on the ballot are the following: 

  • Proposition to adjust the length of the Board of Education member term from five to four years
  • Proposition to establish a Capital Reserve Fund, which will allow the district to plan for future facility needs with a minimal local tax impact 
  • Voters will select two candidates for two open seats on the Board of Education 
  • Voters will decide on the Menands Public Library’s proposed budget of $148,343, reflecting no tax levy increase
  • Voters will select a candidate for the library’s Board of Trustees.  There is one vacancy, and Marci Murphy is the sole candidate

2022-23 Budget Calendar

*Additional Budget Workshop meetings

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 information available.

Past budget summaries

2021-22

  • Final Budget 2021-22: $10,275,635
  • Spending Increase: 4.59 percent
  • Tax Levy Increase: .31 percent

2020-21

  • Final Budget 2020-21: $9,824,370
  • Spending Increase: 8.69 percent
  • Tax Levy Increase: 3.36 percent

2019-20

  • Final Budget 2019-20: $9,038,667
  • Spending Increase: 3.53 percent
  • Tax Levy Increase: 3.75 percent

2018-2019

  • Final Budget 2018-19: $8,730,680
  • Spending Increase: 2.14 percent
  • Tax Levy Increase: 3.25 percent

2017-2018

  • 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 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.

    Jeanne Mentiply | District Clerk
    jmentiply@menands.org
    518-465-4561, ext. 108

    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 need, 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 was 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.