ALBANY — Orleans County communities have five of the top 10 highest tax rates for 2018, according to the Empire Center’s annual Benchmarking NY rankings, released this week.
The Orleans County communities’ rankings and property tax information are below:
1. Town of Shelby/village of Medina; Medina Central School District; tax rate of $56.40 per $1,000; median home value $71,300; tax on median home value $4,021;
3. Town of Ridgeway/village of Medina; Medina Central School District; $55.37 per $1,000; $71,300; $3,948
4. Town of Murray/village of Holley; Holley School District; $55.46 per $1,000; $61,000; $4,411
9. Town of Gaines/village of Albion; Albion Central School District; $49.58 per $1,000; $77,600; $3,847
10. Town and village of Albion; Albion Central School District; $49.49 per $1,000; $77,600; $3,840.
Other GLOW region communities ranked in the top 20 highest tax rates for 2018 are:
2. Town/village of Mount Morris (Livingston County); Mount Morris School District; $55.45 per $1,000; median home value $67,500; tax on median home value $3,743;
8. Town and village of Warsaw (Wyoming County); Warsaw Central School District; $49,82 per $1,000; $105,700; $5,266;
13. Town/village of Nunda (Livingston County); Dalton-Nunda School District; $47.99 per $1,000; $84,400; $4,050;
14. Town of Castile/village of Perry (Wyoming County); Perry Central School District; $47.20 per $1,000; $84,300; $3,979;
18. Town/village of Perry (Wyoming County); Perry Central School District; $46.76 per $1,000; $84,300; $3,942;
19. Town/village of Le Roy (Genesee County), Le Roy Central School District; $46.71 per $1,000; $93,100; $4,349.
The median effective tax rate for the Finger Lakes for 2018 was $34.61 per $1,000. The median for New York state (not including New York City and Nassau County) was $31.71 per $1,000.
Property owners outside New York City pay taxes to at least three different jurisdictions — counties, towns or cities and school districts. Villages and special districts can also levy separate taxes. As a result, multiple combinations of property tax bills can be found in a single town.
The Empire Center said its report, based on data collected annually by the Office of the State Comptroller, makes it possible to easily compare taxes in almost every locality in New York State. Focusing on the effective tax rate allows taxpayers and government officials to establish performance goals and benchmarks for their communities, the report says.
For the full report, go to www.empirecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Benchmarking-2018-final.pdf
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