School tax bills are public information, and the database with this information can now be accessed via the internet. [Search and view your tax bill]
Please note: To use the above link to look up a school tax bill, you can search by several different factors, but you must enter ONLY ONE search factor at a time. For example, enter EITHER the owner's last name OR the street name, but not both at the same time.
Also, when entering a street, please type only the NAME of the street. Omit the house number and omit words like "Road," "Street," or "Avenue," etc. Example: to find the bill for 123 Main Street, you would type just "Main." Also remember that some streets may have more than one local name (Example: Ballston Lake Road is also known as Route 146A.)
Once your search results are displayed, click again to view the details for the specific bill you want. You can also click on any of the column headers to sort the results by Owner, SWIS number, Tap Map number, Street Name (i.e. address), or Bill number.
Bills for individual properties can also be printed.
Helpful Resource: Understanding Your School Tax Bill [PDF]
Typically by September 1, individual tax bills are printed and mailed to land owners. If you don't receive your bill by September, you can print a copy of your bill from the database link below or contact the school tax office:
School taxes are billed annually; you will only receive a bill in September. No reminder will be sent out. Tax bills can be paid from September 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016 without penalty. Payments received in person on or after October 1, 2016 MUST include penalty. The last day of tax collection is on October 31, 2016. Payments received after October 31, 2016 (including checks made with insufficient funds) will be returned immediately and deemed uncollected. The uncollected balance will be turned over to the County to be re-levied on the property tax bill in January.
For safety and security purposes, tax bills can no longer be paid at the district office.
We now have three options for paying school taxes:
Checks should be made payable to the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD. Mail payment* along with the appropriate bill stub to:
Tax Processing Unit
* U.S. Postmark determines date of payment.
You can now pay your school tax bill online using your Visa, Mastercard or Discover credit card or by E-Check.
Please note: To pay with this option, there is a 3% site fee and a $0.50 swipe cost.
To pay with E-Check, there is a $4.95 site fee. There is also a 0.5% premium for tax bills that are $2,500 or higher.
Ballston Spa National Bank
This option is only available during the months of September and October. In order to make your school tax payment in person, you must bring your entire bill with you. Drive up service is not available for school tax payments.
The BH-BL Board of Education decides on a TAX LEVY for the coming school year. This is the total amount of money that the Board determines will be needed to balance the school budget after State Aid and other revenue sources are taken into account.
The overall tax levy is projected before the school budget vote in May, but the school board can amend the levy if conditions change before tax bills are prepared in late August. For instance, when the New York state budget is late and the school board does not know how much income the district will receive from state aid, the projected tax levy can only be an estimate.
The school district is comprised of parts of four towns: Ballston, Charlton, Clifton Park and Glenville. In the spring, each town prepares a Final Assessment Roll for that year listing all parcels of property and the assessed value of each. Information from these rolls is shared with the school district in late June.
After a town-wide reassessment, nearly every parcel of land will have a new assessed value attached to it. On other years, only a few properties will have new assessed values, typically because they have been sold, subdivided, or the site of new construction.
The State Office of Real Property Services (ORPS) attempts to “equalize” property assessments. It compares properties in each town and how they are currently assessed and calculates an EQUALIZATION RATE for each town. The equalization rate represents the state’s judgment of how closely assessed values in that town match true market value of the properties.
Final equalization rates for our four towns are sent to the school district in August.
In late August, the school district uses the total assessed value of land in each town and the state equalization rates to calculate the percentage of the school tax levy that must be paid by landowners in that town that year. In other words, the district first calculates each town’s portion of the overall school tax burden.
Each town’s portion of the tax levy is then divided by the total assessed value of land in that town to determine the school TAX RATE per one thousand dollars of assessed value for that town.
Individual tax bills are calculated using: