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Town To Charge for Collecting School Taxes [POLL]

Do you think our towns should also charge for the traditional job of collecting school taxes?

Clarkstown’s proposed one percent to collect school taxes will bring in about $1.8 million to the Rockland town's coffers. 

The town is allowed to add a processing fee for collecting school taxes, a job it is required to do by state law.  

Now, property owners will have to pay one percent more in their school tax bills than they expected, said Clarkstown School Assistant Superintendent for Business, Facilities & Fiscal Management John LaNave. 

The surcharge will add $80 to the average homeowner's 2012-13 bill in the Clarkstown school district. The Nanuet Board of Education late Wednesday afternoon objecting to the Town of Clarkstown’s proposed one percent surcharge for collecting school taxes, which will collect approximately $355,000 from the Nanuet school district. 

LaNave said although the town has had the authority to add a fee for collecting bills it never acted on it because of a reciprocal arrangement with the Clarkstown School District. The district has not charged the town to use school buildings for summer camp programs.  

"Clarkstown was the only Town of the five Towns in Rockland County that did not charge a processing fee," said Gromack. "Upon researching the issue we realized New York State mandates we collect the 1 percent fee unless the Town Board takes affirmative action to rescind it. With the Town facing over $3 million in costs being shifted from Rockland County Government to the Town, the Town Board decided to do what New York State law mandated us to do and collect the 1 percent processing fee."

This surcharge does not need to be passed by the Town Board. The surcharge will go into affect the next school district tax collection cycle (Sept 2012/2013), according to the attached memo.

Gromack said that the school districts that will be affected are Clarkstown, Nanuet, Nyack and a small portion of East Ramapo and that he, on behalf of the Town Board, personally contacted the Superintendents of Schools for Clarkstown, Nanuet and Nyack to inform them of this action.

Should local governments charge each other for services? Take our poll below and tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Shar September 03, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Higher salary for some teachers who do nothing ...Let's fire the bad ones.
Watchdog September 03, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Gromack is like a sharp stick in the eye.
Joe Ciardullo September 05, 2012 at 12:55 PM
If Alex Gromack and the board had notified the school district that they would start charging 1% processing/billing fee, the school district could have had more time and came up with an alternative that would be less than 80 per family. If it costs $80 per family to generate a bill, then we have MAJOR problems in Clarkstown.
Geri September 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM
The Hasidic does NOTHING to help our county, yet they get whatever they ask for! They want a paved road, they get it. How about taking tax money from the people that get EVERYTHING for free.
billy September 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM
new york should take rockland county over, and get rid of the county executive, he has only taking care of the hasidic community, whats he doing when the plant closes in pearl river?

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