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Important notice to GCSD taxpayers

School tax bills will be delayed this year

Aug. 28, 2017—This year, Guilderland School District tax bills are expected to arrive in mailboxes on or about September 6, rather than the typical date of September 1. The reason for this slight delay is because the equalization rate for the Town of Guilderland was not finalized by the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services (ORPTS) Board until August 23. The ORPTS Board met that day to make a final decision on the equalization rate following the Town of Guilderland’s appeal of the rate that was initially recommended. The school board cannot set its tax rate without a final equalization rate for the town.

The Guilderland Central School Board of Education held a special meeting on Monday, August 28 to set the tax rate for the school district. At its meeting, the board decided to use fund balance to lower the tax levy by an additional $305,000 in order to keep the tax rate increase consistent with the rate that was estimated back in May, when voters approved the expenditure plan for the school district for the 2017-2018 school year.
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So, what does this delay mean for district taxpayers? Other than receiving your bill a few days later than typical, there should be no other change. You will still have a 30-day period to pay taxes in full without a 2% late payment penalty. That period runs from September 6 to October 5, 2017. No school tax payments will be accepted after November 6, 2017.

Taxpayers may view their bills online in early September by visiting the district website at