NISKAYUNA: School roof tops agenda

"Once they've received all the information from the towns that are in the Niskayuna school district, their business office puts it through a formula and gets the school board to approve the tax warrants and the final tax rates," Houlihan said. "Then that information comes back to us and by the beginning of September we send out the tax bills from here."

When the district's $63.2 million annual budget went before voters in May it included an anticipated 4.25 percent tax increase and was approved by a landslide. While final calculations haven't been completed yet, Sosnow said this year's tax hike should be close to that mark.

"I haven't heard of anything that would suggest a major change in the number will be necessary," she said.

So far this summer local property taxes haven't proven to be an emotional issue in Niskayuna's local election, according to one candidate for town supervisor.

"Property taxes are always an issue that you have to look at, but there hasn't been a big uproar about them so far this year," said Joseph Landry, the Democratic Party's candidate to replace outgoing town Supervisor Luke Smith.

"The tax bills that are going out around Labor Day are for the school tax and the town board can't do anything about the school tax, but I don't have a sense that this is a really hot-button issue this year," Landry said. "The Democratic town board in Niskayuna has done a good job of keeping taxes relatively stable and that's record we can build on." ""

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