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Tax rates set for 2018-19 school year

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on August 13, 2018

The final tax rates for the school fiscal year 2018-19 have been set for the town of Bethlehem and town of New Scotland parcels in the Bethlehem Central School District. The final tax rates, which determine how much homeowners pay in school property taxes, were announced by the district’s Chief Business and Financial Officer Judith Kehoe at the August 8 Board of Education meeting.

Kehoe said the tax rate for 2018-19, in Bethlehem, will be $21.0746 per $1,000 of assessed value, a 1.51 percent increase over 2017-18. For district residents in the town of New Scotland, the tax rate will be $21.8549, a 1.55 percent decrease.

“The actual rates are lower than those that had been projected in May,” said Kehoe. “They are also lower than the tax levy increase of 2.40 percent thanks to increases in total assessments in both communities.”

The tax levy is the total amount of property taxes the school district collects to help support educational programs across the district.

Kehoe said the tax bill on a home valued at $250,000 in the town of Bethlehem would increase by approximately $78.60, while a tax bill on a home valued at $250,000 in the town of New Scotland would decrease by approximately $82.23.

School district tax bills, she said, will be sent out at the end of August and this year are due October 1. 

View the tax rate presentation from the August 8 board meeting.