The City School District
of Albany does not have the authority to collect school taxes early
under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent emergency executive order.
As a result, Albany
taxpayers will not be able to pre-pay their 2018-19 school taxes.
“The executive order does
not address the pre-payment of school taxes or the legal process by
which school taxes are levied. As result, the City School District of
Albany cannot accept the pre- or partial payment of any taxes for the
2018-2019 school year at this time. The district will follow its
standard budgeting and tax levying process from this spring through the
fall,” said Albany Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams.
Your tax bill
School tax bills will be mailed on Aug. 31, and payment is due by Oct.
2. On Sept. 1, you can view or print your bill and receipt using the
following link. Please be sure to select only one of the three search
here to look up your school taxes.
Paying your bill
Checks should be made out to the City School District of
Albany. Mail your check and your
bill stub to:
City School District of Albany
P.O. Box 15133
Albany, NY 12212-5133
When paying by mail, please be sure:
1. The payment stub is enclosed;
2. Your check or money order is signed, dated and written for the
correct amount; and
3. Your tax map number (also called "section/block/lot number") is
written on your check or money order.
Date of payment will be determined by a United States Postal Service
postmark. Any tax payment in an envelope without a U.S. Postal Service
postmark will be considered paid on the date it is received by the
school district. A postage meter postmark does
not determine date of payment, nor does an envelope without a
U.S. Postal Service postmark.
To pay in person, bring your tax bill with you to the Key Bank branch
located at 120 State St. Bank hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through
You can pay your taxes online with a Discover, MasterCard or Visa
credit or debit card.
When you do, there is a fee of 50 cents plus 3
percent of your total tax bill that goes to a third-party server.
NEW: E-check payment --
Now you can pay your school taxes
by e-check. There is a flat fee of $4.95 on transactions up to $2,499.
On bills more than $2,499, there is an
additional 0.5 percent fee. There is a $25,000 maximum on
Tax bills paid after Oct. 2 will begin to accumulate interest
and penalties. After Nov. 15, unpaid tax bills will be turned over to
the Albany County Division of Finance and must be paid at their
offices at 112 State St. in Albany.
A property owner who does not receive a school tax statement by mail
is nevertheless subject to interest on any interest or late payment
fees designated in Section 922 of the New York State Real Property Tax
Also, under no circumstances can the school tax collector or other
officials waive late penalties set in law.
Who to call with questions
If you want to know about ...
|Your school tax
||City School District of Albany Tax
||Albany City Assessor's Office
||Albany County Division of Finance Tax
or address changes
||City of Albany Treasurer's Office
New York State STAR Program