As of Dec. 31, the Corry Area School District had collected almost all of the tax dollars that it expects to receive for the 2009-10 tax year. The amount is just a few dollars shy of the amount the district had collected at the same time a year ago.
The district, as of Dec. 31, had collected $6,082,155 in real-estate taxes, or 95 percent of the budgeted amount, said Mike Andrus, the district’s business manager. That figure compares with $6,341,700 at the end of 2008.
“The good news is, we’re right on target compared with where we budgeted,” Andrus said.
Revenue from real-estate taxes was adjusted to account for the 1-mill reduction the district OK’d. One mill brings about $270,000 into the district, where property owners are taxed at 25.5 mills.
“When you adjust for the 1-mill reduction, we’re about where we should be,” said Andrus, who hopes to collect at least 89 percent of tax dollars owed by property owners.
Last year, the district budgeted $6,673,856 in revenue from real-estate taxes. For 2009-10, real-estate taxes should generate $6,422,768.
During Andrus’ recent monthly report, he said Erie County will consider any unpaid taxes as delinquent as of Dec. 31. Crawford County follows the same plan.
Warren County, however, extends its real-estate tax-collection to March before filing unpaid taxes as delinquent.
“We still have a little bit of money trickling in from Erie County and Crawford County,” Andrus said. “It’s up to Warren County now.”
Also in his report, Andrus said:
• The district has also collected delinquent taxes in the amount of $476,559, which is $150,000 more than for the same time period last year, when $323,694 had been collected through Dec. 31.
• The income from the per capita tax is $4,800 less than last year. At $10 a head, that would mean 480 people haven’t paid.
“It’s hard to believe 480 people have left Corry,” Andrus said.