bills were mailed September 1.
Please note: The District collects the Port Jervis
Library Tax as a service to the Library. It is not part of the
District's tax authority.
Because the taxing jurisdictions
may assess properties at a different percent of their full
value, tax rates are adjusted to account for this difference.
For the 2012-13 school tax
year, the following equalization and tax rates are in effect:
Rate per $1,000
of Taxable Assessment
The deadline for paying school taxes is
November 2, 2012.
To avoid a penalty, taxes must be paid by SUNDAY,
Total Amount Due
amount, no penalty
amount, plus 2% penalty
amount, plus 3% penalty
tax payments can be mailed to the district or paid in person
at the teller windows
at TD Bank, 205 East Main Street, through November 2.
Click here for bank hours & more
School Tax bills were mailed September 1
The School District received
final tax equalization rates for Port Jervis, Deepark, Mount Hope, Forestburg and Mamakating,
and school tax bills were mailed to
property owners Sept. 1.
The tax levy
approved by the School Board on August 21 is the
same amount projected last May: $60.7 million.
Based on the new assessment and equalization
rates, the tax rate for homeowners in the City
of Port Jervis is $63.63 per $1,000 of assessed
property value. In Deerpark, the tax rate is
$47.43 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
Tax rates differ between the two municipalities because
properties in different communities may be assessed at
varying levels in relation to the full market value. The
state assigns each town an “equalization rate” in an
effort to fairly apportion the share of taxes by each
Because of the uncertainty that surrounds final
assessments and equalization rates, the district
emphasizes the tax levy (versus the tax rate) in budget
meetings and informational materials. The levy is the
figure the district controls. It is the true indicator
of how much the district is increasing taxes from
The 2012-13 school district budget approved by voters
carries a 1.5 levy to levy tax increase. The Board
of Education was able to keep the increase below the
State’s new property tax cap limit by applying $1.125
million from the district fund balance toward the tax
The tax rates do not reflect the potential savings
property owners will receive from the State’s STAR
(School Tax Relief) program. STAR works by exempting
a certain amount of a property owners’ assessed value on
their school tax bill.
STAR TAX EXEMPTION
York State homeowners can reduce their school taxes
through this statewide school tax relief program. Call
your town assessor to apply.
information, visit the
NYS Office of Real Property
Services Web site.
Enhanced STAR is for senior citizens with incomes below
a certain level; Basic STAR applies to all other
households with incomes below $500,000.
Last year, New York State capped the tax exemptions.
Basic and Enhanced Star tax relief is now capped at 2
percent of the prior year's exemption. The school
property tax bills that will be mailed September 1
clearly state the property’s STAR exemption amount and
tax savings. If your property taxes are held in an
escrow account, you should receive a receipt that
includes the STAR information.
STAR is beyond the district’s control. For
eligibility guidelines, exemption amounts, enrollment
information, call the local tax assessor’s office or
visit the New York State Office of Real Property
Services' website at
Answers to your questions
Have a question or need a duplicate copy of your tax bill?
Please contact Tax Collector
Lisa Buczek, District
Administration Building, 9 Thompson Street, or call (845)
858-3100, Ext. 15533.
The tax collector will be at TD Bank to answer tax questions
on the following dates:
September 5 – October 31:
Mon/Wed/Fri, 9 to 11 a.m.:
Tues/Thurs, 1 to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30: 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m
BAS Tax System
The district's online tax system -
BAS Tax System
- provides taxpayers with fast, secure access to
Ability to search for property data by
owner's name, bill number,
parcel, or location.
Property inquiries with all parcel and
payment information on a
single, printable page.
Instant access to tax bill status.
You can access BAS Tax System through the links on our web site
Please Note: This system contains property data for this year
and 2011-12. Information for years prior to 2011 must be
accessed through the district's old online system:
Tax Payment Tips
To ensure proper credit, when paying at
the bank, taxpayers must
present the receiver’s
stub – the lower part of the tax bill – with
must be made in full by check or money order. Cash can
only by accepted when paying in person at TD Bank.