School tax rebate on the way

dollar budgetBy the end of next month, Saugerties taxpayers can expect to receive a check in the mail. The money, which is a tax rebate, is intended to cover the increase in the cost of school taxes from the 2013-2014 school year to the 2014-2015 school year. Saugerties residents qualify for this rebate because the increase in taxes was kept to 1.7 percent, below the state’s two-percent cap. At the September School Board meeting, Superintendent Seth Turner said the credit was due to the “actions of this board,” which would continue working to ensure that residents will qualify in future years.

To qualify for such a rebate next year, the district would have to present a plan to cut its tax levy by at least one percent a year over three years.