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The Times
  • Mount Markham school tax bills have error

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  • A small mistake on the Mount Markham Central School District tax bill showed a big difference in the amount taxpayers were asked to pay.
    The bill, which was sent out Sept. 1 on green paper to the about 3,300 residents, had a higher tax rate than was approved by voters in May, said Superintendent Shawn Bissetta.
    “It was nothing more, just a human error with the number that was plugged in,” he said.
    The tax levy is about $6.3 million, a 1.98 percent increase from the previous year.
    The amount per thousand and the number that was sent out in error were not available Tuesday.
    The district mailed the adjusted bill, on purple paper, last week.
    “Fortunately, we were able to understand the problem quickly so there were very few people who were actually impacted,” Bissetta said.
    Several taxpayers who already paid their taxes will be reimbursed by the district, he said.
    Bissetta said he’s not aware if the error will cost the district money, for example, in terms of mailing costs.
    “It’s a pretty simple mailing,” he said, adding that the bills are sent in standard envelops.
    The district posted the error on its website and is asking for those who did not receive a lowered bill to call 822-2823.
    Escrow companies were contacted and given a corrected bill for those taxpayers who pay their bills through an escrow account, according to the district.
    Tax bills are due Friday, Oct. 4.
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