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Massena Central School Board sets 2012-13 tax rates

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MASSENA - Taxpayers will see anywhere from a 1.1 percent drop to a 2.2 percent increase in their 2012-13 taxes under the tax rate approved by the Massena Central School District’s Board of Education last week.

For some, that’s below the tax levy that voters had approved in March.

Business Manager Nickolas Brouillette said Louisville residents will see a 1.1 percent decline in their taxes, while Brasher residents will see a 1 percent increase and Massena and Norfolk residents will see a 2.2 percent increase.

The tax rates per $1,000 of assessed value are $19.27 for Brasher, $18.26 for Louisville, $17.35 for Massena and $21.16 for Norfolk.

The tax rates in 2011-12 had been $19.08 for Brasher, $18.46 for Louisville, $16.98 for Massena and $20.71 for Norfolk.

District voters had approved a $46 million spending plan in May that called for a tax levy increase of 2 percent. Under that tax levy, district officials had said that a resident whose home was assessed between $50,000 and $100,000 could anticipate an increase ranging from $6 to $24 per year.

Under the tax rate worksheet approved by board of education members, the average homeowner with a $50,000 equalized assessment and STAR tax exemption will see tax bills of $515 in Brasher, $504 in Louisville, and $520 in both Massena and Norfolk, according to Mr. Brouillette.

Homeowners with a $100,000 equalized assessment and STAR tax exemption will see tax bills of $1,478 in Brasher, $1,417 in Louisville, $1,388 in Massena and $1,578 in Norfolk.

The amount to be levied is $9,703,474.64 for Massena, $2,706,803.31 for Louisville, $742,283.99 for Norfolk and $231,138.06 for Brasher, a total of $13,383,700.

That’s up from 2011-12 when Massena residents were levied $9,462,208, Louisville residents were levied $2,705,121, Norfolk residents were levied $729,478 and Brasher residents were levied $224,468, a total of $13,121,275.

In Brasher, where the equalization rate was 89 percent in 2011-12 and 90 percent in 2012-13, the taxable assessed value increased from $11.7 million in 2011-12 to $11.9 million in 2012-13. Louisville’s equalization rate increased from 92 percent in 2011-12 to 95 percent in 2012-13, and their taxable assessed value increased from $146.6 million to $148.2 million.

The equalization rates for both Massena and Norfolk remained steady at 100 percent and 82 percent respectively, but the taxable assessed value increased in Massena from $557.2 million to $559.3 million. It dropped in Norfolk, from $35.2 million in 2011-12 to $35 million in 2012-13.

The district received $23,478,690 in state aid in 2011-12 and $25,047,041 in 2012-13.

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