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School districts set tax rates

In the last week, both the Liverpool and North Syracuse school districts set property tax rates for the coming year.

The estimated rates, which were approved by voters in May as part of the district-wide 2010-11 budget vote, were 2.18 percent for Liverpool and 2.76 percent for the North Syracuse district.

The actual rate increase for Liverpool is 1.77 percent after the final equalization and assessment rates were applied to the tax rolls. According to Superintendent Richard Johns, the Salina tax rate will be $23.57 per thousand assessed value, while homeowners in the town of Clay will have a tax rate of $545.91 per thousand assessed value.

For residents in the North Syracuse Central School District, the actual tax rate increases in the towns of Cicero, Clay and Salina are 2.76 ($11.28 per thousand), 2.7 ($12.51 per thousand) and 2.75 percent ($0.55 per thousand), respectively. The overall tax rate, per thousand, is $420.34 for Cicero, $476.48 for Clay and $20.59 for Salina.

"Mr. [Wayne] Bleau [assistant superintendent of management] and I are pleased that the tax rates are almost identical to what was projected in May," Melvin said in a memorandum to the Board of Education dated Aug. 26.

Both districts also set public library tax rates.

In Liverpool, the board approved a rate of $1.15 per thousand assessed value in the town of Salina, and $26.68 per thousand assessed value in the town of Clay. North Syracuse set the library tax rate for the town of Salina at $1.08.

The North Syracuse school district does not collect library taxes from the towns of Clay and Cicero and they are part of the Northern Onondaga Public Library system.

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