School Taxes FAQ

When will I get my school tax bill?

On May 19, 2021, the Troy City School District Board of Education voted in favor of changing the July and January school tax collection dates to August and February. Bills will be mailed out on July 15. If you don’t receive your bill by July 30, you can print a copy of your bill from the website link above, or you may contact the school tax office:

Phone: (518) 328-5042 between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fax: (518) 271-7692


When are my school taxes due?

School taxes are billed annually; you will only receive by late July. No reminder will be sent out in February. Your school taxes are divided into two installments. The first installment is due by August 31. The second installment is due by February 28. You do have the option of paying your entire bill all at once in August*.


What should I do if I find an error or missing exemption on my tax bill?

If the error relates to the property assessment or exemption amounts, please contact the city/town assessor first.

City of Troy (518) 279-7126 or (518) 279-7127
Town of Brunswick (518) 279-3461 x106


My tax bills will no longer be paid by escrow through my mortgage company, what do I do?

Usually, the escrow companies will let us know. You can also send an email or letter to the District with your address, SBL, and a signature.


Why are my property taxes for a previous year showing as unpaid?

The School District’s tax information is current as of payments made/postmarked by March 31 of that tax year. After that date, delinquent taxes are turned over to the City of Troy Treasurer’s Office, or for the Town of Brunswick the Rensselaer County Treasurer’s Office. Payments made to these offices are not reflected in our records.


What is the STAR exemption?

STAR is New York State’s School Tax Relief Program that provides a partial property tax exemption from school taxes to eligible homeowners. Most New Yorkers who own and live in their home are eligible for the STAR exemption on their primary residence.

There are two parts to the STAR property tax exemption:

  • The Basic STAR exemption is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the homeowners’ income is under $500,000. Basic STAR works by exempting a portion of the full value of a home from school taxes.
  • The Enhanced STAR exemption is available for the primary residences of senior citizens (age 65 and older) with yearly household incomes not exceeding a statewide standard. For qualifying senior citizens, the Enhanced STAR program provides additional savings by exempting a greater portion of full value from school taxes.

Homeowners who claim the Basic STAR exemption must register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in order to continue receiving benefits in 2014 and subsequent years. This is a new requirement implemented by the State in an effort to reduce fraud.

Understanding New York’s STAR Program (Published by Questar III and Capital Region BOCES)


How do I register for the STAR exemption?

To register online, click the link below, or call the STAR program directly at (518) 457-2036.