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"The billings are sent from a state office that generates the list of residents. The district would have no knowledge of bills accidentally being sent to residents in another district. When and if that occurs, the individual can contact the state office that generated the bill and follow the process to have their address removed," according to interim Troy Superintendent Brian Howard.
There have been bumps along the way since the utility tax for the Troy City School District also, sometimes, bills people outside the school district in areas like Lansingburgh, which have not imposed the utility tax.
And the tax has actually been around for a while. In Troy, it went into effect in 2003 for commercial entities and 2008 for residents, according to the state Department of Taxation and Finance. In Cohoes, it dates back until at least 1993. And in Watervliet, it's been around even longer since 1975, school officials said.
Other districts, like Cohoes and Watervliet, said they have received no complaints.
Twenty four of the 57 small city districts statewide have the fee in place. Statewide, $38.5 million is collected by the various small city school districts, according to the Prada Tote Bag 2017 state Comptroller's Office.
State law allows small city school districts, those in cities with populations of less than 125,000, to levy a surcharge of up to 3 percent on utility bills for natural gas, electricity and propane in containers of 100 pounds Prada Sunglasses With Stones
or more as well as in state telephone service and cell phones, which the Troy City School District also utilizes to collect revenue. The maximum is a residential rate of 3 percent tax, which each of the local districts has. Troy's increased from 2 percent to 3 percent in 2010, according to the state Department of Taxation and Finance. Non residential units in the Troy district pay 11 percent for utilities, with a universal 11 percent rate for telephone services.
State Department of Taxation and Finance spokesman Geoffrey Gloak said anyone being billed incorrectly can contact the taxpayer contact center at 457 5181.
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Local school districts earn millions from residents' utility bill tax
For the 2011 2012 school year, with that timeline varying from the 2011 fiscal year, the Troy school district generated $1.377 million in revenue from the utility tax.
"For several years, we have been fighting to prevent the imposition of the Troy City School District's Utility Tax on the residents of the Lansingburgh Central School District. Despite our efforts, some Lansingburgh residents may still find that they are being billed a utility tax on their telephone bills, mobile/cellular telephone bills, and on their National Grid bills for electricity and natural gas. Please be advised that if you live within the Lansingburgh Central School District any such tax on your bills is being erroneously imposed and collected by the Troy City School District," according to a statement from the Lansingburgh district.
based on the 2011 fiscal year.
school district sources of revenue so taxes did not just fall on the shoulders of property owners. The result is about $1.26 million annually in Troy; $586,000 in Cohoes; $461,000 in Watervliet; and $4.9 million in the Albany City School District, according to figures from the state Comptroller's Office Prada Shoulder Bag With Chain
TROY Whether you realize it or not, you're paying school taxes monthly in your electricity bill or seasonally with your propane and gas bills if you live in a small city in the Capital District.
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