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Town Announces Tax Warrants For Mamaroneck Schools

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The numbers are in and taxpayers in the Town of Mamaroneck are looking at a $102,078,000 school tax warrant for the 2011 school year beginning in September, the Town Council announced at its board meeting Wednesday.

The town will also collect $5.6 million from the 260 homes in the Town of Mamaroneck that use the Scarsdale School District, which represents a 3.19 percent increase from last year, compared to an increase of less than one percent for the Mamaroneck School District.

"We have no choice in the matter," said Town Supervisor Valerie O'Keeffe with a deep sigh, underscoring the board's concern about the impact on, and inevitable reaction from taxpayers.

Councilwoman Nancy Seligson echoed that sentiment. "School taxes represent over 60 percent of people's tax bills living in our community," said Seligson, who reminded viewers that the Town of Mamaorneck is obligated to collect school taxes. "I know it's very easy to get upset by our tax bills and blame the town and blame whoever is collecting it, buti it really does go to different entities."

The primary entitiy is the school district, followed by Westchester County and the town, which receives about 20 percent of property taxes.Following Seligson's comments, Town Adminstrator Stephen Altieri added that the town is responsible for the entire amount of the tax warrant, whether or not it is paid.

"For town governments and city governments in Westchester County, it is a burden that we have to carry," Altieri said.

What do you think of this year's figures for school taxes? Is it worth the high costs? Comment below, or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter .

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