Johnstown board sets tax rates for 2010-11

The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education approved tax rate increases Thursday night.

The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education approved tax rate increases Thursday night.

The tax rate for city of Johnstown residents will rise 59 cents, 2.8 percent, from the 2009-10 rate of $21.11 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $21.70. A taxpayer owning a home assessed at $100,000 in value will pay about $59.14 more for their 2010-11 school tax bill.

The school board passed the tax rate and gave final approval to the tax levy by a vote of 8-0. The total tax levy for the 2010-11 school year will be $7.2 million.

Property owners will contribute $4.5 million to the levy in the city of Johnstown, $2.1 million in the town of Johnstown, $462,381 in the town of Ephratah, $16,706 in the town of Palatine and $81,251 in the city of Gloversville.

The tax rate per thousand dollars of assessed value for town of Johnstown property owners will increase 56 cents, or 2.8 percent, from $20.24 to $20.81.

Tax rates vary for the different municipalities in the district based on equalization rates, which attempt to measure the difference between the assessed value of property and its actual market value, based on the recent sale prices of similar properties. The equalization rate is 70 percent in the city of Johnstown, 73 percent in the town of Johnstown, 84 percent in Ephratah, 59 percent in Palatine and 100 percent in Gloversville, which recently performed a revaluation on property.

Johnstown school tax rates went down for Ephratah and Palatine.

In Ephratah the rate dropped more than $2, 10.3 percent, from $20.15 to $18.08. The owner of a home assessed at $100,000 in Ephratah will see a tax cut of $206.76.

In Palatine the rate dropped 92 cents, 3.5 percent, from $26.66 to $25.74. The tax cut for a home assessed at $100,000 in Palatine will be $92.11.

The district’s small population of Gloversville property owners had their rate increase 41 cents, 2.8 percent, from $14.77 to $15.19.

School Board President Robert Curtis said this will probably be the last year for a while that taxpayers in his district will see a rate increase below 3 percent.

“Let’s face it, the picture with the state is not rosy,” Curtis said.

Board newcomer Doug Dougherty, who wasn’t a part of crafting the 2010-11 school budget, said he thought the tax rate increases were at an appropriate level given the level of services provided by the budget.

Tax rates were approved in Gloversville on Wednesday night. The Gloversville school board voted to increase the city of Gloversville tax rate to $19.67 per $1,000 of assessed value, up from $19.19 last year. The owner of a Gloversville home assessed at $100,000 will therefore see a $48 tax increase when tax bills are mailed next month.

Gloversville’s rate in the town of Bleecker remains unchanged from last year thanks to a revaluation in the town that brought its equalization rate to 100 percent.

The new tax rates in the other municipalities in the Gloversville school district are: town of Johnstown, $26.94, an increase of 65 cents; town of Mayfield, $28.10, a decrease of 55 cents; and town of Caroga, $43.71, an increase of $1.06.

Gloversville’s 2010-11 school budget increases its tax levy 2.99 percent, about $377,000, to $12.82 million.

The Mayfield Central School District school board is set to meet Tuesday and vote on a proposed tax rate increase of 27 cents from $19.81 to $20.08 per $1,000. The district’s tax levy will be $6.3 million.

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