Budget & Finance

Each year, Queensbury works to make the most effective use of resources to benefit students, to develop and manage the budget in a responsible and transparent manner, and to be accountable to taxpayers.

Budget developmentFinancial reports

2020-21 budget

On Tuesday, June 16, Queensbury residents approved the district’s $67.6 million budget for the 2020-21 school year by a vote of 2,681 to 1,263. The budget maintains the educational programs. Learn more.

  • Budget total: $67,563,088
  • Spending increase: 3.32%
  • Tax levy increase: 2.98%

View the 2020-21 budget statement.

Tax information

School tax rates

Listed below are the school tax rates for the past several years. Tax rates are per $1,000 of assessed property value. The district sets final tax rates each August, after the towns finalize assessment figures and the state sets the equalization rates. 

  • 2020-21: $21.55
  • 2019-20: $21.25
  • 2018-19: $20.41
  • 2017-18: $20.55
  • 2016-17: $20.15

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.

Budget development

Fall

  • Review enrollment data, facilities and related needs, building allocations and needs, district staffing, long-range budgetary plans and the debt service schedule
  • Present budget development calendar to the Board of Education for adoption

Winter

  • Administrators and supervisors review staffing, facility, construction, budget allocations and special needs requests
  • Departments review their budgets, staffing and long-range needs
  • Present preliminary budget forecast and budget assumptions and review the governor’s executive budget proposal
  • Budget presentations and work sessions

March

  • Board candidate petitions available
  • Final review of budget proposal by Board of Education

April

  • Legal ads published for annual meeting (45 days prior to vote)
  • Board candidate petitions due by statutory deadline
  • Budget adoption by statutory deadline
  • Property Tax Report Card due to SED and newspaper
  • Publicize budget information and hold budget informational meetings

May

  • Conduct voter registration 5-14 days before vote
  • Budget Hearing held 7-14 days before vote
  • Mail budget notice after budget hearing, but no later than six days before vote
  • Budget vote and board election

Financial reports