CLYMER, N.Y. — A 2016-17 Clymer Central School spending plan calls for a slight tax increase, however, many residents of the district will see a decrease in their bills.
Business Manager Annette Rhebergen outlined the $10,524,441 budget during a public presentation Monday night, which was previously approved by the school board, to a handful of audience members.
The plan calls for a .33 percent tax increase, and there were no cuts to staff or programming.
The CCS district is made up of taxpayers in Clymer, Sherman, French Creek and the town of Mina. For the first time in many years, all community properties are assessed at 100 percent, which will once again change the tax rate.
Through an equalization formula created by the state of New York, Clymer school was able to calculate projected tax bills, based on tentative 2016-17 tax rolls. Final rolls will be released in July, so estimations could vary, Rhebergen said.
Also, those who qualify for the School Tax Relief (STAR) program will have that component figured into their final total bill.
STAR is a New York state program that gives property tax exemptions (also known as homestead exemptions) to state homeowners. Basic STAR is available to anyone who owns and lives in his or her home and earns less than $500,000.
Enhanced STAR is available to senior homeowners ages 65 and older whose incomes do not exceed $84,550.
Based on those exemptions and assessments, Rhebergen provided a chart that broke down the amounts of the proposed increases and decreases.
Individuals in Clymer who own a $100,000 property can expect to see an increase of $86.43 without STAR, an increase of $78.24 with Basic STAR and an increase of $69.63 with Enhanced STAR.
Property owners in French Creek, the town of Mina and Sherman who own a $100,000 property can expect to see a decrease of $59.43 without STAR, a decrease of $49.17 with Basic STAR and a decrease of $77.43 with Enhanced STAR.
School tax bills will go out at the beginning of September.
Before the budget is officially adopted, residents will vote "yes" or "no" to the spending plan on Tuesday, May 17, from noon to 8 p.m. at the school's elementary gymnasium.