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Message from the Croton-Harmon School District
Village of Croton-on-Hudson E-Notice

Dear Croton-Harmon School District Residents:     

We would like you to share your opinion on whether the Croton-Harmon School Board should adopt an Alternative Tax Exemption for Veterans.  We plan to place the exemption on our agenda for the November 6 th business meeting.  

To this end we have organized a community meeting and public hearing to help inform our decision.   It will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Croton Harmon High School (36 Old Post Road South) in the Community Room.   The public will be invited to share their opinions and Diane Chaissan, Assistant Superintendent of Business will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.    

Residents are also invited to email their thoughts on the exemption to the full board at BOE@chufsd.org or to write to us at the District Office, 10 Gerstein Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.  You can also join a representative contingent of board members for informal conversation on Saturday, November 1st, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the Black Cow Coffee Shop (4 Old Post Road South) as part of the Board’s series of monthly “meet and greets.”  

School boards must adopt the exemption and exemption limits no later than March 1, 2015 for them to be effective for the tax levy for the 2016-17 school year.  However, our Board wants to focus on this issue earlier before budget season begins.  

If we choose to adopt the exemption on November 6 th , we will hold another public hearing and vote prior to March 1 st to establish the standard exemption limits.  

Some facts:  

New York State recently enacted an expansion of the Alternative Tax Exemption for Veterans, authorizing school boards to grant to certain veterans’ households an ongoing partial exemption from school taxes on their primary residence. The law provides a basic exemption, with additional exemptions for those who served in a combat zone and for disabled veterans, based on limits that the Board may establish by selecting from certain options defined by the statute.   
Adoption of the State’s standard exemption limits would result in a tax reduction for all qualifyin g veterans who live in the school district, with an additional amount available for a qualifyingveteran who served in a combat zone and a qualifying disabled veteran.  Presently adoption of standard exemption limits would result in tax reductions for a residence assessed at the median for the district from $250 to $1,300; adoption of the highest allowable limits would result in a range from $1,100 to $4,400 for a residence assessed at the median for the district.       
Exemptions do not affect the total amount of money a district needs to raise—the tax levy.  Adoption of the exemption would result in property tax increases for other property owners.
If all eligible veteran property owners claim their full exemption, each non-eligible household would see school taxes increase by 0.12% (at present an average of $12/year) if standard exemption limits are adopted, or 0.56% (at present an average of $56/year) if the highest exemption limits are adopted.
We hope to hear from you on this topic that could have an affect our community for years to come.

Sincerely,


Giuseppina Miller, President
Neal Haber, Vice President
Iris Bugliosi
Patrice Davidson
Joshua Diamond
Todd Freebern
Andrea Furey

Croton-Harmon Board of Trustees