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Property Owner Town Budget & Tax Information

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PROPERTY OWNER TOWN BUDGET AND TAX INFORMATION   

What services are contained within the line items on my annual property tax bill?

“CNTY-NY/FED Mandates” is exclusively the County property taxes collected based on County operations and state and federal mandates as determined by the County Legislature.

“ELECTION EXPENSE” is exclusively the tax levy charged by the County for administering federal, state and local elections as determined by the County Legislature.

“Town General” is a town wide fund that includes assessment of all parcels of the Town inside and outside of the Village.  Examples of services that are funded from the General fund include the Public Safety Dispatch, Senior Center, Town Board, Comptroller, Receiver of Taxes, Tax Assessor, etc.  These are services that are provided to taxpayers of the town who reside inside and outside of the Village.

“Town Outside” is a fund that includes assessment of parcels of the Town outside of the Village.  Examples of services that are funded from the Town Outside fund include the Town Engineer, Parks, Town Planner, Police Department, etc.  These are services that are provided to taxpayers of the town who reside outside of the Village.

“Highway” is a fund that includes assessment of parcels of the Town outside of the Village.  These are typical town services like snow removal and road repair that are provided to taxpayers who reside outside of the Village.

“Fire Protection Districts and Special Districts” The remainder of the property tax bill depends upon where you reside and what services you receive.  Fire Districts include tax levies for fire protection for the district in which you reside.  The Fire Commissioners of each Fire District determine tax levies for the district.  “Special District” tax levies include water, sewer, drainage, lighting, etc.  The tax levy for each of those services is determined by actual budgeted costs to maintain and operate those services.

The average 2010 Town (outside the village) property valued at $173,000 will decrease $8.88 from the 2009 tax bill.

The average 2010Village property valued at $124,000 will increase $3.95 from the 2009 tax bill.  

Why are the tax amounts different for the Village and Town Outside property tax bills?
The difference in the amount of tax paid by a Village property or Town outside Village property has to do with the application of fund balance in the budget within the three major funds.  A Village property is taxed only on the Town General fund.  Town outside the village property is taxed on the Town General, Town Outside and Town Highway funds as well as special districts (water, sewer, fire, lighting, parks, drainage) that may apply.  For the 2010 Budget, the town was able to apply more fund balance in the Highway Fund which lowered the tax levy for Town outside the Village properties.  

Where do Town revenues come from?
Town revenues are collected from several sources including: Property Tax Levy; County Sales Tax sharing; Mortgage tax sharing; fees charged by the town for services (building permits, water and sewer connection fees),  New York State revenue sharing when and where applicable based on a formula determined by State; Grants for special projects, etc.

How was the 2010 Town of Glenville Final Budget balanced?
The 2010 Final Budget adopted by the Glenville Town Board appropriates $11,555,489 for the three major funds (Town General, Town Outside and Highway).  The budget anticipates revenue collections of $4,986,779 (other than property tax) during the fiscal year and appropriates $1,378,500 of fund balance resulting in an overall tax levy of -0.5%.  This means that the amount of 2010 property tax dollars that need to be collected to balance the 2010 budget, after subtracting expected revenues (other than property tax dollars) and subtracting the applied fund balance, is 0.5% less than what was needed to be collected from property tax last year.  

The amount of money to be raised by taxes in the 2010 budget is $5,190,210, which is $25,427 less than what was collected last year.  Beginning the 2010 tax year, the town estimates the unappropriated and unreserved fund balance to be $1,699,212.  If revenues collected throughout 2010 are more than what was budgeted or expenses are less than what was budgeted, the fund balance will increase in 2010.  Similarly, if revenues are less than what was budgeted and expenses are more than was budgeted, the fund balance would decrease in 2010.     

Can I get printable copies of my tax bill from the town Website?
Yes.  Printable copies of your tax bill/receipt history (IF PAYABLE TO TOWN OF GLENVILLE TAX RECEIVER) are now available at: egov.basny.com/glenville.  Taxes are collected twice a year by the Town of Glenville. The town and county tax bill is mailed out the first week in January and the school tax bill is mailed the first week in September.  In addition, the Village of Scotia mails out property tax bills to village property owners in June and they mail special district water and sewer bills in the spring and fall of each year.

For more information on your property tax bill please visit the Town Office at 18 Glenridge Road, Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 5 pm or call (518) 688-1200 ext. 404.  You can also access the Town website at http://www.townofglenville.org.
12/17/09