On Tuesday, January 26, the Niskayuna Central School District Board of
Education will hold a public hearing on the Alternative Veterans Tax Exemption
in the Niskayuna High School Little Theater at 6 p.m. This state program
provides school districts the option to exempt a portion of the property values
of eligible veterans from school taxes.
The public hearing is scheduled from 6 to 6:45 p.m., and will be followed by the Board's regularly scheduled meeting that evening.
The Board of Education has not decided if it will act on the Alternative Veterans Tax Exemption. The public hearing is an opportunity for the Board and community to learn more about it and for residents to provide input.
Please note that in order to stay within the allotted time, the Board may
need to limit the number of speakers.
The state authorized the Alternative Veterans Exemption for counties, cities, towns and villages in 1984 and extended it to school districts in 2013. It gives local governments the option to select an exemption level for eligible veterans, which are generally those who were on active duty during wartime.
As with many other tax exemptions, this would cause a redistribution of the local tax levy to other taxpayers
New exemptions must be filed by March 1 to be effective with school tax bills in the subsequent September. A public hearing is required prior to approval of a new tax exemption.