Budget & Taxes


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. 

Information on the current school year’s budget

Residents of the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District approved a $23,882,634 district budget for the 2019-20 school year on May 21, 2019 by a vote of 553-270. The bus purchase proposition also passed by a vote of 603-215. The budget  increases spending 2.7 percent or $627,448 from the current year and contains a 0.5 percent or $55,277 tax levy increase.

Dr. Mundell detailed the proposed 2019-20 school year budget in an April 2019 message to the BKW community.
Residents also elected two members to the BKW Board of Education for terms beginning on July 1, 2019. 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.

2019-20 Budget Documents


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

School tax bills were mailed to residents on Aug. 30, 2019.  Tax bills were penalty-free if paid by Oct. 5, 2019; on Oct. 6, a 2 percent penalty was added to bills. All bills were required to 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