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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.

J H August 31, 2012 at 07:50 PM
This is like how they try to tell us that the Federal government is paying for part of New Hempstead Road, and the state part...blah blah blah. At the end of the day it comes out of MY pockets. The shell game doesn't fool anyone anymore!!!
Barry S August 31, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Gromack needs the funds to payoff his promises to the 'republican's' and conservatives he 'bought' for the election....
mike sullivan August 31, 2012 at 08:11 PM
who really cares, it's $6.67 a month
mike sullivan August 31, 2012 at 08:12 PM
if they don't surcharge the school ,is it ok to just raise town tax?
J H August 31, 2012 at 08:38 PM
If it was just this, I would agree with you. However it's not - this is just one more straw on top of everything. How many hundreds of dollars have your taxes gone up in the past few years? And worse....there is ABSOLUTELY NO BENEFIT to the taxpayer for this, it's just a way to get more money out of us! Well...or force the schools (Clarkstown Central, at least, runs fairly lean as it is) to cut services further.
Scott Duplessis August 31, 2012 at 11:42 PM
No, If my bills go up, I can't demand more income. I have to cut my spending. The town needs to cut something to come up with the increase. Who but the government can just increase their revenues by taxing people who are just getting by? Government needs to cut spending!
George Smith September 01, 2012 at 04:00 AM
how do they justify 1 percent?
Shar September 01, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Taxed Enough Already? Join the Tea Party
Chris Clement September 01, 2012 at 10:19 PM
1% charge to collect our school taxes? Does it take more time to open an envelope with a $5K school tax payment than it takes to open an envelope with a $3K school tax payment? It would take the SAME amount of time to open and deposit any tax payment! So if they want more money, and be fair about it, why not a FLAT FEE per payment, like $2. Not that I think anyone should be pay the town for this. Hey, it's OUR tax dollars that pay the salaries and benefits of the local tax department's employees, or have they forgotten?
J. Cattano September 02, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I'd rather have root canal without Novicaine.
Jim Laura September 03, 2012 at 09:46 PM
My voting decisions are really easy next election day....I will take a list of incumbents with me and vote for soembody else. Maybe the YOUR FIRED line will get somebody to notice. Enough people do this and maybe politicians will actually be the voice of the people again.
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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