Campbell-Savona Board of Education approves tax levy

Campbell-Savona Board of Education approves tax levy

            The Campbell-Savona Central School District Board of Education approved a school tax levy of $4,603,253 for the 2011-12 school year at its meeting on August 22. This represents a 2.5 percent increase above the amount levied for the 2010-11 school year. However, due to changes in assessments and equalization rates, the property tax rate for the district is actually decreasing by 1.9 percent.

            Property owners in the towns of Addison, Erwin and Cameron will see a reduction in their school taxes by 1.9 percent. However, property owners in the other townships that comprise the district will not be as fortunate.  The towns of Bath, Bradford, Campbell and Thurston each had decreases in their equalization rates, which results in an increase in the full value of properties. So, even though a property owner’s assessment may stay the same, the full value, upon which the taxes are based, will rise.

            Property owners in the town of Thurston will see their school tax rate increase by nearly $80 per $1,000 of assessed property value, due almost entirely to a decrease in their equalization rate from 4.57 percent in 2010-11 to 3.76 percent for the current school year. The effect of this change is that a house that had a full value of $100,000 in 2010-11 now has a full value of more than $121,500. “Even if the school district had set a 0 percent increase in the tax levy, the residents of the Town of Thurston would still see a 16.3 percent increase in their school tax bills, due entirely to the change in equalization rate,” said Campbell-Savona Assistant Superintendent Tim Allard.

            Property owners in the towns of Bath, Bradford and Campbell also will see an increase in their school tax bills due to the changes in their equalization rates. Bath’s equalization rate dropped from 50 percent to 47 percent, Bradford’s from 87 percent to 77 percent and Campbell’s from 3.25 percent to 2.99 percent. The overall effect of these changes is an increase in the school tax rates of 4.3 percent, 10.8 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively. 

            In May, the district had projected a tax rate decrease of 0.6 percent. “We never know until August what the state will do to our township’s equalization rates, so we are at its mercy when developing the budget in the spring,” said Superintendent Kathleen Hagenbuch.

            Allard also noted that the school tax rates for all the townships except Bradford and Thurston are lower than they were in 2006.