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Budget & Finance

If you are looking for information on paying your taxes, please visit our taxpayer information page.


On Tuesday, June 16, 2020 voters in the Bethlehem Central School District approved the 2020-21 budget.

  • Total Budget: $103,486,000
  • Spending Increase: 2.64%
  • Tax Levy Increase: 2.34%
  • Use of Fund Balance: $3,000,000

    Tax Information

    School Tax Rates

    Listed below are the school tax rates for the past several years. Tax rates are per $1,000 of assessed property value. *Note: The district sets final tax rates each August, after the towns finalize assessment figures and the state sets the equalization rates. Look for the 2020-21 final tax rates at that time.

    Town 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16
    Bethlehem $21.54 $21.28 $21.08 $20.76 $20.88 $20.85
    New Scotland $22.49 $21.96 $20.86 $21.18 $20.88 $20.85

    The tax rates may differ between the two towns because of equalization rates set by the New York State Office of Real Property Services. Equalization rates are established in an effort to make sure the tax levy is fairly distributed when one taxing entity (the district) spans multiple municipalities, which may use different assessment practices. 

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    Voter Information

    Voter Information and Eligibility

    • Who can vote? To vote, you must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of Bethlehem Central School District for at least 30 days prior to the vote. You do not need to be registered to vote.
    • Voting is held in the upper gym at BCHS. The school is located at 700 Delaware Avenue. Park in the lot on Delaware Avenue, and use the main entrance on the Delaware Avenue side of the building.
    • Absentee ballots are available for those who plan to pick them up at the district office (see below for more information on absentee ballots.)
    • The district will conduct an anonymous exit survey of voters on the day of the vote. Please consider submitting this valuable feedback to the district.

    Absentee Ballot Information

    Absentee ballots are available from the District Clerk, Brittany Barrett, and will be issued upon request to residents who will be out of town or unable to vote at the polls due to illness or disability.

    You must complete an application to receive an absentee ballot. The application must be received by the District Clerk at least 7 days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. Please mail or drop off your application to the below address.

    Contact information:

    Brittany Barrett, District Clerk, Bethlehem Central School District Educational Services Center, 700 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY, 12054, (518) 439-7098

    General Budget Information

    Budget Documents & History

      Employee Contracts

      Click here to view employee contracts for each organization. For any past contracts, please contact our district office.

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