M-W not able to accept prepayment of school taxes

on December 27, 2017

As you may be aware, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on Friday, December 22, 2017 authorizing the prepayment of local property taxes in advance of changes to the federal tax code. This executive order and associated tax prepayment option is available principally for town and county taxes with a levy date on or about January 1.

To clarify, the executive order is not applicable to the prepayment of Monroe-Woodbury Central School District 2018 school taxes. The executive order does not allow for the prepayment of school taxes for the 2018-2019 school year (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019). Unlike villages, towns and counties, a school district fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

In accordance with New York State Education Law, school districts are required to follow a sequence of steps when creating an annual budget, and these steps must be completed prior to the collection of taxes. School districts must first construct a school budget; seek approval of the budget by its voters; and then finalize the tax warrant, or set the tax levy, if applicable. Again, these things must happen before taxes are collected by district residents.

Boards of Education will not be considering final approval of those budgets until March and/or April of 2018. Pursuant to New York State Education Law, required taxpayer voter approval of these budgets will not occur until the third Tuesday in May. The Executive Order does not modify or suspend any of these Education Law requirements for the adoption of a school budget; therefore, the prepayment of school taxes for the majority of school districts in New York State is not practical or permissible.

Please direct questions to the district’s tax office at 845-460-6276. For more information, please view information related to prepayment of school taxes.