Thursday, August 12, 2010

School Board Approved 3.89% Tax Rate Increase

  
At the Tuesday night business meeting, the Greece School Board's resolution on the tax levy recommended a tax rate per of $22.542958 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for 2010-11.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Note that this falls under the 4% cap proposed by the legislature.

SCATS said...

To 2:13PM ~~ The legislature should reduce school taxes by 10-15% across the state BEFORE talking about any cap.

Anonymous said...

So a $130,000 house would be lowered by 30,000 to $100,000 and then multiply by 22.56 for a tax bill 0f $2256.00.
Considering that most of us got an assessment increase that will raise most of our taxes by about $250.00. The only people that are aware of the impact of the increases in the assessments and the tax rates are the ones that pay in a lump some and are directly billed.
For those of you that pay an escrowed 1/12th portion of your school and town tax in your monthly mortgage bill it will mean absolutely nothing since you are not aware of anything that is happening around you regarding taxes. And that's the way it was planned all along. That little escrow increase that covers a $400 annual adjustment is only about $35 per month. That's part of the reason the parents of Greece central (and other places) never complain about tax. They have not a clue. And most of their houses are worth $250,000.
They only see their tax bills when they get the receipt from the mortgage bank and save it for the tax preparer for the big deduction. "Oh, is that what we pay for taxes, dear? Well at least we don't have to remember to have the money when it is due because the bank helpfully puts it aside for us. Oh dear, I broke a nail. How much do we owe for the state? Thanks see you next year." And that's how it goes year after year. And the schools and town get to keep raising the tax like a chef putting a lobster in a pot of slowly boiling water.

Anonymous said...

6:27PM...........Bingo! You have said it all!

Anonymous said...

6;27 I think you forgot, this is what people voted for.

Anonymous said...

your point about not knowing what the bill is when you pay through escrow is spot on. Most of us retirees have paid off our mortgages and get a bill from the town or county for the whole bill at once. That makes it noticeable and we can see from year to year how the increases keep coming without a bit of relief. It's no wonder that we older folks keep coming out to vote "no" on budgets; it is the only way we can protest the relentless increases that take more and more from our limited resources. If the mortgage payers saw the bill all at once, they would also be outraged.

SCATS said...

To 9:12PM ~~ Huh??? What the people voted on was NO to a higher amount! The Greece School Board pulled their usual cowardly stunt of not letting us revote on their "contingency budget."

Anonymous said...

9:12, your reading comprehension skills leave much to be desired. Oh, and by the way, while were on the subject of what people "voted for", I'd like to remind our BOE that the all important exit polls indicated that the transportation needed for our town's "go anywhere you want, and we'll take ya" policy was overwhelming. What has the BOE done about that?

Charlie Hubbard said...

I listened to the meeting Tuesday night as this 4% increase in the tax rate was finanlized.
This of course is contrary to the wishes of the community who voted NO in May.
In June the school board gave the finger to the vote of the people they were elected to represent siteing a concern over the cst of having a second vote - a concern I said at the time was as phony as a three dollar bill. The lack of time via state law for voter notification was sited for additional cost.
I listened on Tues. hoping to hear that the board was planning to take steps 1,2,and 3 to correct these problems thereby removing the possibility of again having to thumb their collective noses to the community. Hoping to hear that the people we intrust to oversee the education of our kids had a concern about their disrespect for democracy.

I heard NOTHING.

Anonymous said...

I escrow and I am very aware of what my taxes are. I dislike being lumped in to an imaginary group of know nothings.

As for the seniors, I for one am tired of the complaining. If you don't want to pay school taxes, sell your home, or downsize. When your kids were in school there were others that paid taxes with no children in the home.

SCATS said...

To 2:51PM ~~ Congratulations! You are definitely in the minority if you know what your taxes are. Most don't.

As for seniors, I don't think it's as much an issue of not wanting to pay anything as it is one of not being able to foot these huge annual increases that are coming more often than in the past. At some point, the schools MUST PARE BACK THEIR SPENDING, because the residents won't be able to fund bigger and better contracts forever into the future. When you look at the cost and compare it to the outcome, it's even harder to justify our per pupil spending. Parents should be just as outraged, if not more so.

Anonymous said...

The per pupil spending in Greece (and in most of NY State) is about 2v the national average. What do we get for that premium? Please don't tell me that our cost of living is 2x the national average, because my wages aren't 2x the national average, and the social security payments to NYS residents aren't 2x the national average. It seems to me that we are getting a used-car product for a brand new Cadillac price! Please, BOE, tell us what ARE we getting for this inflated price??!?

SCATS said...

To 5:22PM ~~ Ever hear the expression about wanting to get kissed when you get scr*wed? They aren't kissing anyone.

Anonymous said...

2:51
So do you think the taxes are too high or reasonable? We know we have to pay them along with the other inevitability of existence, but do you think they are fair?

Anonymous said...

5:22 in keeping along that same line, also interesting is WHERE the money goes in regard to cost per student. If you get the chance, look how that statistic puts Greece in an even worse light.

Anonymous said...

All this talk about taxes is causing my blood pressure to rise. Since my taxes have risen so high, I no longer have the resource to get more meds, so I guess I need to stop before I hear about the wasteful use of the taxes!

Anonymous said...

To 12:50
You should have voted yes for the school budget. Your taxes would be lower. For anyone who didn't know that- you should pay attention. The super said it -repeatedly- before the vote!

Anonymous said...

8:35 That is not true. If the original budget had been approved a house valued at $100,000 would have seen a tax increase of around $200. The contingency budget they approved represented a $100 increase for a home valued at $100,000. Of course half the houses were assessed higher and they will be socked with a big increase. So we did save by voting it down. And secret money will appear as it is now to fund "pet projects". On a weekly schedule programs are returning.