Cohoes City School District

Budget & Finance


May 16, 2017 - School budget vote and Board of Education Elections
12 Noon - 9 p.m. (find your polling location)


Board approves $41.8 million 2017-18 proposed budget

Spending plan includes a 1.62% increase in the tax levy (at the cap)

April 12, 2017—The proposed budget increases spending over the current-year by $400,612 or 0.97% A series of budget development workshops were held in March and April to deliberate program needs and transportation included in the proposed budget. State aid increases by 3.06 percent over the current school year. The district estimates 11 percent of the budget would be funded through use of reserves.


What's new in the 2017-18 proposed budget?

New positions (FTE = Full-Time Equivalent):

1.0 FTE Elementary/AIS teacher

0.4 FTE HS Career Coordinator

0.2 FTE Social Studies CHS

0.2 FTE Social Studies CMS

1.0 FTE HS School Safety Officer (from part- to full-time status)

1.0 FTE Guidance HS (Community Schools State Aid)

1.0 FTE Social Worker HS (Community Schools State Aid)

Stipend - Teacher Leader for PE, Health & Athletics

1.0 FTE Special Education Teacher - VS

1.0 FTE Special Education Teacher Assistant

1.0 FTE Special Education Teacher Aide - VS

0.5 FTE Speech - Elementary

0.5 FTE Medicaid Reimbursement Clerk

1.0 FTE Cleaner


CDTA Transportation for Grades 6-12 ($127,500)


Cohoes City School District 2016-17 school budget at a glance...

Total Budget: $41,425,588
Spending Increase: 2.82%
Tax Levy Increase: 0%

Final 2016-17 Budget Highlights>>


Cohoes City School District audited by Office of the State Comptroller
Final Audit Report
District response

District addresses budgeting practices sited in final report

August 5, 2016—The Cohoes City School District received its final report from the New York State Comptroller’s Office summarizing findings of an audit on the district’s fiscal operations from July 2012 through June 2015. The examination resulted in no findings of material weakness, operational improprieties, waste or abuse.

Read the full story>>


Understanding New York's Tax Levy Cap

When Cohoes voters head to the polls to vote on the school budget each year, they cast votes for a budget plan shaped in part by a law known to many as the Property Tax Cap. Approved by the State Legislature in 2011, this complex law is intended to provide property tax relief.

The law does not create a cap, but a threshold that determines the level of voter support needed to pass the budget every year. That threshold is different for every school district in the state.  

Tax cap fact sheet [pdf] - Three Levy Numbers

Tax Levy Limit Formula - How does it work? [PDF]


Tax levy v. tax rate

The tax levy is the total amount of money the school district raises in property taxes. Actual tax rates are dependent on several factors including assessment practices and equalization rates.

The tax levy in 2016-17 is $14,710,755.


Tax rates are not set until July — after the state certifies assessment rolls for the properties in the city of Cohoes. Tax bills are sent out in September after this process has concluded. The school district has no control over assessment practices — and does not collect more in taxes than the amount it levies.

The tax rate in 2016-17 is $35.42 per $1,000 of assessed value.

the STAR Tax Relief program Fact Sheet [PDF]

Information on tax collection>>


Business Office

Stacy Mackey, School Business Official
7 Bevan Street, Cohoes NY 12047
(518) 237-0100