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The Vanished $138.6MM

I received my school tax bill for the upcoming year earlier this week.  I was dismayed to see that the year to year increase in my actual tax was slightly over 8 percent and that the library tax had gone up a whopping 12.6 percent (grist for another rant). 

Upon closer inspection I noticed that) although the “full value” of my home had remained the same (NB: please send me a check and I’ll call the movers ASAP), ii) that my “total assessment” had remained the same, and iii) that the school district’s estimated state aid had actually increased, the assessed value throughout the school district had decreased by $346,608 necessitating an 8 percent rate rise in the tax rate. Applying the same uniform percentage of value (.25 perent) used in the case of my home to the above-mentioned district wide decrease in assessed value I concluded that over $138.6 million in “value” had vanished from the district. Hmmm!

What do I make of this? 1) My neighbors have been grieving their taxes and slipping me the bill? or 2) There are a lot of tax cert lawyers making a lot of money? or 3) As the bulk of the district’s taxes are levied on single family homes my assessed value should have gone down too? or 4) I’m entirely missing something.

I am in need of illumination on this. Let’s not bash the teachers – just the math please.

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Lorraine DeVita October 18, 2012 at 04:58 PM
PA has a LOT fewer people then NY, I may be over exagerating or totaly off base but doesnt the pop.of NYC alone equate to almost half the population of the entire state of PA? But perhaps some form of compromise where utlizing BOTH property & increased sales tax would be a good solution. Though EITHER way we are TAXED to death in NY ...
Lorraine DeVita October 18, 2012 at 05:55 PM
More people should learn to tell their dollars where to go instead of asking them where they went. —Roger Babson
Phil October 07, 2013 at 10:17 PM
How do you like that tax increase this year? makes last year look like chump change........................
Lorraine DeVita October 08, 2013 at 05:07 PM
For those of you who cant relate to unsustainable homework or core curriculum here's something you CAN relate to UNSUSTAINABE SD TAXES- Just opened my NEW 2013/2014 Seaford SD tax bill- To all those who poo poohed my statement about the approx. increase in previous posts prior to the budget vote last May and stated I was jacking up the number to scare people let me just say this -READ YOUR TAX BILL! MY tax bill increase was a whopping 700 dollars for the yr . for those whose tax increase is less god bless for those whose tax bill is greater - god bless also.. I for one am laying the blame squarely at the feet of this, head in the sand community, who are either continually naïve enough to believe the BS. lies and threats handed to them each and every time and to those who don't bother to get their butts out of a chair to vote.. Apathy, lack of reality, and Fear. Those three community traits are more debilitating, Dangerous and COSTLY and than any mismanaging, misguided, unqualified, inexperienced SD leader and any clueless board of ed. with god complexes . YOU VOTED for this ...hope you ALL have the $$'s to back up your votes! These taxes are GREATLY effecting the VALUE of our homes: Home price anticipated increase as per Zillow Bellmore: 5.3% Wantagh:4.0% Massapequa :5.0% Merrick: 4.9% LEVITTOWN :5.7% Bethpage: 4.7% SEAFORD: 3.2% EVERY surrounding community has a HIGHER VALUE, their home prices are increasing @ a higher rate Those numbers unlike our budgets and our leadership DONT LIE.
ed October 16, 2013 at 09:32 AM
Thanks ED MANGANO! My taxes went up $1,000 thanks to your faulty freeze on tax assessments! VOTE HIM OUT! VOTE SUOZZI!

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