Board of Education statement on new tax rate increase

Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

We would like to thank you for your clear and concise article about the changes to our tax rate as a result of surprise changes in equalization rates by the State of New York. The state action shifted a portion of the tax responsibility from one town (Spafford) to the other towns in our district.

As your article explained, the Board of Education was not comfortable with passing on too great of a tax rate increase to residents, and voted to lessen the blow (from the tax burden shift) by using reserve funds to actually reduce the tax levy for the 2011-12 school year.

We know these are difficult times locally and nationally. As a Board of Education for a high-achieving school district, we are constantly working to maintain excellence while also working to keep the tax burden as low as possible.

Please be assured that the school board will continue to give updates to the community through board meetings, editorials, letters and the district website. Our goal is to be a most forthright and accessible district to its taxpayers. We always encourage residents to attend our bi-weekly board meetings.

If residents have any questions, they should not hesitate to contact a board member or the district office.

Editor’s note: news coverage of this tax rate increase for the Skaneateles school district can be found in our Aug. 31 issue or on our website. A more detailed letter on the tax rate issue from the board of education, “Board reduces tax levy to offset impact of state equalization rates,” can be found at skanschools.org under the news tab.

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