2023-24 school tax rates established

The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Board of Education approved the 2023-24 tax rates for school district residents at its August 21 meeting.

The primary factors that determine final tax rates are the school tax levy, towns’ assessed values and equalization rates. Tax rates are then used to calculate the amount each property owner ultimately pays in school taxes.

Town of DeWitt property owners within the district, who make up the majority of the district’s tax base, will see their 2023 tax rate decrease 7.53% from $21.51 per $1,000 of assessed value to $19.89 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Tax rates may vary from town to town because every year the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services assigns an equalization rate for each municipality that creates an assessment value equal to its full market value. This process is intended to ensure that each town pays its fair share of school taxes based on the town’s full market value.

The school district does not control property assessments or equalization rates, however the district and its residents do control the property tax levy. In May, voters approved a spending plan of $69,434,445 that included a proposed tax levy of 2.96%, which adheres to the state-mandated tax cap formula.

School tax bills are issued in September. Questions about assessments and equalization rates should be directed to the appropriate town assessor’s office.

Final School Tax Rates:

Town of DeWitt: a tax rate of $19.89 per $1,000 of assessed value;

Town of Pompey: a tax rate of $28.42 per $1,000 of assessed value;

Town of Onondaga: a tax rate of $29.25 per $1,000 of assessed value;

Town of LaFayette: a tax rate of $29.69 per $1,000 of assessed value; and

Town of Manlius: a tax rate of $19.89 per $1,000 of assessed value.