(May 17, 2016) -- District voters approved the proposed budget (421 in favor, 220 opposed).
(May 23, 2016) -- Board of Education candidates Linda Hopkins and Sumayyah Shabazz have been elected to the Hudson CSD school board. Based on the number of votes for each candidate, Hopkins received the 5-year term (with 483 votes) and Shabazz received the 3-year term (with 411 votes).
The third, partial-term seat was awarded to write-in candidate Willette Jones (93 votes).
The district has three (3) Board vacancies, two (2) full term seats (one to be effective 05/17/2016 and one to be effective 06/30/2016) and one partial term seat (effective 05/17/2016 through 06/30/2018).
Ever wonder why New York’s Property Tax Cap isn’t really a 2% cap even though elected officials often call it that? Here is a 4-minute video that explains how New York State uses a formula to determine each school district's tax cap number, which rarely works out to 2%.
Is there a property tax freeze credit this year?
The New York State Executive Budget (passed in April 2016) includes the STAR Property Tax Rebate Law, which replaces the more well-known property tax freeze credit that provided property tax rebate checks to eligible taxpayers in 2014 and 2015. This tax relief program reimburses qualifying homeowners for increases in local property taxes in districts that remain within the NYS Property Tax Cap and meet efficiency requirements, both of which have been achieved by Hudson CSD. This rebate applies to the years 2016 through 2019.
Because the District is tax cap compliant, some taxpayers will be eligible for the rebate. To qualify for this tax rebate, homeowners must already receive the STAR Property Tax Exemption. Taxpayers who receive the STAR exemption and make less than $200,000 a year should receive a rebate check for $185 from New York State in the Fall (in accordance with the NYS Executive Budget passed in April). The property must be the homeowner’s primary residence and the total household income must be $200,000 or less.