School Taxes

School Tax Rates & Bills


School property tax rates are set in August for the upcoming school year. Tax rates are based on the total tax levy in the voter approved school budget, the state-determined equalization rates, and assessment rolls for each town.

School tax rates for the 2017-2018 school year, per $1,000 of assessed value are:

  • Danube- $19.5814
  • Ephratah- $21.5131
  • Johnstown-  $22.7424
  • Manheim- $22.7424
  • Minden- $15.9197
  • Oppenheim- $28.8400
  • Palatine- $27.4477
  • St. Johnsville- $46.8225
  • Stratford-  $15.0256

Paying School Taxes

Due Dates

School property taxes are due October 31st each year. School taxes will be collected without penalty from September 1st through September 31st. A 2% penalty will be added to payments received from October 1st through October 31st. No payments are accepted after October 31st. Any amounts unpaid at that time will be turned over to the appropriate county.

Payment Methods

In an effort to reduce costs, OESJ and NBT Bank strongly encourage taxpayers to send their payment by mail if paying by check.

Payments that are mailed must be postmarked no later than October 31st. Checks should be made payable to OESJ.
Send you check or money order to:
    Tax Processing Unit
    PO Box 12845
    Albany, NY 12845-2845

Visit NBT Bank St. Johnsville Branch at:
    16 West Main St.
    St. Johnsville, NY 13452
Payments can only be made in the lobby; drive-thru payments will not be accepted.  Payments can be made at the bank in September and October, Tuesdays only, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Taxes can be paid by credit/debit card (2-day processing).  
Residents whose school tax bills are paid via escrow accounts should not use this service as the amount due will be deducted from their escrow accounts during the moth of September, as in years past.
Residents who choose to use the online bill pay service should note that the company that provides the service charges a one time transaction fee of $0.50 plus 3 percent of the bill total for credit or debit card payments (minimum $2 fee).

PAY YOUR SCHOOL TAX BILL HERE  Property owners can search for thier accounts by last name, street address, bill number or SBL (section block, lot) number.


Property owners can contact the school tax collector Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at (518)568-2011. Questions about assessments, exemptions or address changes should be directed to local assessors:

Danube- (315) 867-1153

Ephratah- (518) 762-5688 ext. 23

Johnstown- (518) 762-6804

Manheim- (315) 429-9631

Minden- (518) 993-4844

Oppenheim- (518) 568-2837

Palatine- (518) 673-5099

St. Johnsville- (518) 568-2662 ext. 103

Stratford- (315) 429-3639

For information about STAR exemptions, visit the STAR website here or call (518) 457-2036.