School tax warrant, collection dates set in Brocton

BROCTON – The total tax warrant and dates for tax collection for the 2014-15 school year have been carved into stone in Brocton.

The school’s board of education, during its meeting on Wednesday, accepted the tax report given by Business Administrator Betty DeLand. Collection without penalty begins Sept. 8 and ends Oct. 7; a 2 percent penalty will be issued to those who pay their taxes late, from Oct. 8 through Nov. 7.

The final tax warrant came out to be $4,552,172, which includes about $1.06 million for the STAR amount.

“It appears Portland’s assessed value went up $85,315, Pomfret’s actually went down (for the first time in a while) $38,963 and Stockton’s went down $13,554,” DeLand reported. “The total assessed value of the district did go up, but only $32,798.”

DeLand noted the district only has about 20 parcels in Stockton and a handful in Pomfret.

Equalization rates came in at an increase of .65 percent in Portland and an increase of 6.24 percent in both Pomfret and Stockton. The latter increases were mainly due to the change in Portland’s rate, where most of the district’s parcels lie.

“Apparently they (state officials) made a mistake (two years ago), or else they wouldn’t raise it back up again,” DeLand remarked.

Superintendent John Hertlein added an increased equalization rate means a slightly better tax rate for property owners; when the rate goes down, people must then pay more.

DeLand also noted the full-value tax rate went up $1.34 to $25.07, a 5.6 percent increase.

Also during the meeting, the board accepted a $20,240 bid from Fredonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for a budgeted 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan. Fredonia was the lower of two bidders.

Hertlein announced the Blue Devils “B” Drum and Bugle Corps of California would not be staying in Brocton for a portion of next week, as previously announced.

“They have to get further south after they’re done in Buffalo (at the Drums Along the Waterfront competition), and this (Brocton) was too close to stay,” he said.

The superintendent also announced the district earned a five-year grant renewal for after-school programs. The grant, which is through Chautauqua Opportunities, comes out to be roughly $200,000 per year.

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