Hoosick Falls CSD proposed 2020-21 Budget & Voting Information

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Here is the Proposed Budget 2020-2021 released on May 21, 2020. 

Here is the 2020-21 Budget notice

Here is the 2020-2021 Budget Newsletter



1 absentee ballot was mailed to each household on May 27, 2020.  If additional ballots are needed, please contact the District Clerk, Pam Cottrell at 518-686-7012, ext. 1600 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.  

 Instructions for completing your Absentee Ballot: 

1.    Please note that there are two sides to this absentee ballot.  

2.    The absentee ballot is due to the District Clerk by Tuesday, June 9, 2020

       by 5:00 PM.  If you feel the District Clerk will not receive your absentee ballot

       by 5:00 PM on June 9, 2020, you are able to drop it off to the District Clerk 

       between the hours of 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM on June 9, 2020.  

3.    Mark in pen having blue or black ink.

4.    Mark your vote by circling your choice (yes or no) to each proposition.

5.    To vote for a candidate whose name is printed on this ballot, make a single “X” 

       on the voting line next to the name of the candidate. A blank space is provided to 

       cast a ballot for candidate(s) who have not been nominated.  

6.    Put ballot in self-addressed, postage-paid envelope that is provided.

7.    Only one (1) ballot per envelope is allowed.  If more than one (1) ballot is in the

       envelope, your ballot will be voided.  

8.    Any other mark or erasure on this ballot is unlawful, and therefore, will be voided.    

9.  This ballot cannot be duplicated.


If you currently receive your STAR benefit as a reduction on your school tax bill, please note that New York State changed the program in 2019.  NYS has changed the income levels and percentage growth allowable for the STAR exemption program.  The table below highlights the significant differences between the STAR exemption and the STAR credit program.     

STAR ExemptionSTAR Credit
Available to homeowners who purchased homes before 2016New homeowners from 2016 on 
Direct reduction of school tax billHomeowners receive check in the mail
NEW – Only for homeowners with income less than $250,000 (Based on 2018 Federal AGI)Available to homeowners with income less than $500,000 (Based on 2018 Federal AGI)
NEW – Capped at 0% growth/increaseAvailable increase up to 2%

If your 2018 federal adjusted gross income less the taxable amount of total IRA distributions is between $250,000 and $500,000, then you must switch from the STAR exemption to the STAR credit.  All other homeowners can keep the STAR exemption but the amount will have 0% growth for the 2020-2021 school year property taxes.   If you decide to switch to the STAR credit program, contact your escrow company to determine how receiving a check in the mail for your STAR benefit instead of a direct reduction to your tax bill will affect you.  Under the STAR credit program, you will have to pay the full amount of your tax bill.  Once you change to the STAR credit, you cannot go back to the STAR exemption. 

To switch from the STAR exemption to the STAR credit, you must notify your assessor to withdraw from the STAR exemption and register for the STAR credit at https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/default.htm.  Homeowners who wish to change after July 1, 2020, must complete a Form RP-496.  Please contact your assessor for more information on completing Form RP-496. 

Town of Grafton – 518-279-3565
Town of Hoosick – 518-686-5733
Town of Petersburgh – 518-658-3777
Town of Pittstown – 518-753-4222
Town of White Creek – 518-677-2963

For more information, please visit the New York State Department of Taxation STAR unit at https://www.tax.ny.gov/star/  or by phone at 518-457-2036 or your local assessors at the above numbers. 
Here is a helpful article regarding STAR rebates

Additional 2020-2021 budget documents:

2018-2019 HFCSD Fiscal Supplement

School Administrator Salary Disclosure Form

Property Tax Report Card

HFCSD Report Card 2018-2019

HFCSD HS Report Card 2018-2019

HFCSD ES Report Card 2018-2019

Washington County Exemption summary report

Rensselaer County Exemption summary report 

Any relevant additional documents will be posted as they become available.

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