Budget & Taxes


BKW residents approve budget and buses, elect school board members

Residents of the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District went to the polls today and approved a $23,882,634 district budget for the 2019-20 school year by a vote of 553-270. The bus purchase proposition also passed by a vote of 603-215. The new budget will increase spending 2.7 percent or $627,448 from the current year. This new budget will result in a 0.5 percent or $55,277 tax levy increase.
Residents also elected two members to the BKW Board of Education for new terms that will begin on July 1. Four members were running for election for two seats on the school board. Elected were Rebecca Miller with 449 votes and Matthew Tedeschi with 438 votes. Others candidates were Mackenzie Hempstead with 379 votes and Robin Becker with 353 votes.

A message from Dr. Mundell about the proposed 2019-20 school budget 

Dear BKW Community, On April 15, I proposed a final budget for the 2019-20 school year to the Board of Education for their adoption. (read full story)

2019-20 Budget Documents

Budget Development

Budget development is a year-round process. The Board of Education and the Budget Advisory Committee work together to develop the budget throughout the year. Read more about the process here. 


Tax rates are set by the Board of Education in August.

School tax bills were mailed to residents on Aug. 30, 2019. They are also available online by clicking the link below. Tax bills are penalty-free if paid by Oct. 5, 2019. On Oct. 6, a 2 percent penalty will be added to bills. All bills must be postmarked by Oct. 31, 2019. 

District residents can look up information about past and present school tax bills here.

If you have any questions regarding your assessment or exemptions, or a change of address to report, contact a local assessor at the following numbers:

  • Town of Berne: 518-872-1448
  • Town of Knox: 518-669-6459
  • Town of Middleburgh: 518-827-4887
  • Town of New Scotland: 518-439-9020
  • Town of Rensselaerville: 518-797-3798
  • Town of Westerlo: 518-797-9265
  • Town of Wright: 518-872-9726