SARANAC LAKE — Schools have an entirely new budget-accountability task starting this summer.
Saranac Lake School Superintendent Diane Fox talked with the Press-Republican about the change.
“We just received a lengthy email instruction sheet for how to report and prove that we came in at or below the tax cap,” Fox said.
The schools have to work through the form, which includes a new reporting portal, in order to comply with the New York Property Tax Freeze initiative, which went into effect with the state budget.
Assessments are completed by town officials in August.
Fox said she understands that property-tax rebate checks calculated by the state through the tax-freeze initiative would be sent out in September.
The state tax-freeze formula indicates the checks will be sent by the New York State Tax and Finance Office.
Saranac Lake Central School will have to deal with the new paperwork at a time when it is losing its longtime business expert.
Dan Bower, who has been business manager and administrator with Saranac Lake for nearly five years, is leaving for a job at Tupper Lake Central School.
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