Taxes

School Tax Rates and Bills

School property tax rates are set in August for the upcoming school year. Tax rates are based on the total tax levy in the voter approved school budget, the state-determined equalization rates, and assessment rolls for each town.

Paying School Taxes

Due Dates

School property taxes are due Oct. 31 each year. School taxes will be collected without penalty from Sept. 1- Oct. 1. A 2% penalty will be added to payments received from Oct. 2-31. No payments are accepted after Oct. 31. Any amounts unpaid at that time will be turned over to the appropriate county.

Payment Methods

In an effort to reduce costs, OESJ and NBT Bank strongly encourage taxpayers to send their payment by mail if paying by check.

Pay by mail (check)

Payments that are mailed must be postmarked no later than October 31. Checks should be made payable to OESJ. Send you check or money order with remittance stub to:
Tax Processing Unit
OESJ CSD
PO Box 12845

Albany, NY 12845-2845

Pay in person

Visit NBT Bank St. Johnsville branch at:
16 West Main St.
St. Johnsville, NY 13452
Payments can only be made in the lobby; drive-thru payments will not be accepted.  Payments can be made at the bank starting September 4th through October 30th, Tuesdays only, from 10 a.m . – 2 p.m.

Pay online (credit/debit)

Taxes can be paid by credit/debit card (2-day processing).  Residents whose school tax bills are paid via escrow accounts should not use this service as the amount due will be deducted from their escrow accounts during the month of September, as in years past. Residents who choose to use the online bill pay service should note that the company that provides the service charges a one time transaction fee of $0.50 plus 3% of the bill total for credit or debit card payments (minimum $2 fee).

STAR Information

For information about STAR exemptions and to register for STAR, visit the STAR website or call (518) 457-2036.

Property owners can search for their accounts by last name, street address, bill number or SBL (section block, lot) number. School tax rates for the 2018-2019 school year, per $1,000 of assessed value are:
  • Ephratah          $21.8780
  • Johnstown      $22.5310
  • Oppenheim    $29.3578
  • Stratford          $15.0958
  • Danube             $19.0604
  • Manheim         $22.5310
  • Minden             $15.0958
  • Palatine            $27.4469
  • St.Johnsville   $45.7448

Questions about your school taxes

Property owners can contact the school tax collector Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at (518) 568-9990. Questions about assessments, exemptions or address changes should be directed to local assessors:

  • Danube – (315) 867-1153
  • Ephratah – (518) 762-5688 ext. 23
  • Johnstown – (518) 762-6804
  • Manheim – (315) 429-9631
  • Minden – (518) 993-4844
  • Oppenheim – (518) 568-2837
  • Palatine – (518) 673-5099
  • St. Johnsville – (518) 568-2662 ext. 103
  • Stratford – (315) 429-3639