Schenectady County schools offer glance at spending plans

Ahlyana Cook, left, and Janeliz Rodriguez, center, both first graders in Cindy Christman’s class, read books to Noah, a therapy dog that visits the students with owner Judith Brown, at Woodlawn Elementary School in Schenectady on Friday, March 13, 2015. (Patrick Dodson/Gazette Photographer)Ahlyana Cook, left, and Janeliz Rodriguez, center, both first graders in Cindy Christman’s class, read books to Noah, a therapy dog that visits the students with owner Judith Brown, at Woodlawn Elementary School in Schenectady on Friday, March 13, 2015. (Patrick Dodson/Gazette Photographer)

SCHENECTADY COUNTY — Most of the school districts in Schenectady County are holding the line on taxes this year in their budget proposals while adding many employees.

At Scotia-Glenville, tax bills actually will go down if voters approve the budget May 19. The typical homeowner would see a $53 reduction in next year’s bills.

In Niskayuna, Schenectady and Duanesburg, the tax levy is not increasing.

That doesn’t guarantee that tax bills will remain the same — changes in assessments and equalization rates in Schenectady have led to a slight proposed increase in taxes there. The average homeowner would see a $7 increase.

Taxes are going up more in Rotterdam: Mohonasen and Schalmont are each proposing a more than 2 percent tax levy increase; neither has estimated a tax rate yet because assessment rolls will not be finalized until after the public vote.

But in both cases, the increase is under the tax cap, so the budgets will pass if they are approved by a simple majority.

School board candidates will be on the ballots as well.

Get a look at the proposed budgets at The Daily Gazette.