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School Taxes

While we understand that Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order allowing taxing  jurisdictions to collect taxes for 2018 in order to claim a tax deduction before new federal tax laws become effective, as NYS Budget Director Robert Mujica has acknowldged, it is “neither feasible nor practical” for us to be able to do so.   All non- “Big 5” school districts would not be in the position to approve a tax warrant in order to allow for tax collection to be made before the end of the year based on the information posted below.  As always, thank you for your support of our schools.

THE MILLBROOK CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT CANNOT COLLECT PREPAYMENT OF TAXES FOR THE 2018/2019 SCHOOL YEAR.  IF YOU MAILED A PREPAYMENT TO THE SCHOOL TAX COLLECTOR YOUR CHECK WILL BE MARKED VOID AND RETURNED TO YOU.

The district doesn’t have a budget for the 2018-19 school year, a warrant cannot be issued until after we have a voter approved budget or a contingent budget and likely will not be issued until August or September 2018.  The tax collection is initiated by the issuance of the warrant and publication of the notice of collection of taxes.  There is no authority to collect school taxes until after the voter approved budget, approval and issuance of the warrant and the notice of collection is given.

  1. 1318. Collecting officer’s warrant; delivery thereof. 1. The warrant of  the  collecting  officer  shall  be  signed  by  the trustee, or the trustees, or a majority of them, or the board of education or a majority thereof. Such warrant shall state the amount of unexpended surplus funds in the custody of the board and  shall  further  state  that  except  as authorized  or  required by law, such unexpended surplus funds have been applied in determining the amount of the school tax levy.  For  the  two thousand seven–two thousand eight school year, surplus funds as used in this  subdivision  shall  mean  any  operating  funds in excess of three percent of the current school year budget, and shall not  include  funds properly  retained  under  other  sections  of law. For the two thousand eight–two thousand nine school year, and thereafter, surplus  funds  as used  in  this  subdivision  shall mean any operating funds in excess of four percent of the current school year budget, and  shall  not  include funds  properly retained under other sections of law. Such warrant shall have the same force and effect  as  a  warrant  issued  by  a  board  of supervisors to a collecting officer in a town. The collecting officer to whom  it may be delivered for collection shall be thereby authorized and required to collect from every person named on such school tax roll the sum  set  opposite his name, or the amount due from any person specified therein, in the same manner and with the same powers that collecting officers in towns are authorized to collect taxes levied by the board of supervisors.

  2. A  warrant for the collection of a tax voted by the district shall not be delivered to the collecting officer until  the  thirty-first  day after  the  tax  was  voted.  A  warrant  for  the  collection  of a tax authorized by law without a vote of the district may be delivered to the collecting officer whenever the same is completed.

  3. If the sum of money, payable by any person or persons named in such school tax rolls, is not paid or collected by such  warrant  within  the time  therein  limited, it shall be lawful for the school authorities to renew such warrant in respect to  such  delinquent  person  or  persons. Whenever  more  than  one renewal of a warrant for the collection of any school tax roll  may  become  necessary  in  any  district,  the  school authorities may make such further renewal; provided, however, that in no event shall such warrant be renewed for a period beyond the time for the return  to  the  county  treasurer  as  set  forth in subdivision two of section thirteen hundred thirty of this chapter.

Mary Alex, Tax Collector, has announced that her office will be accommodating residents that wish to pay their 2018 property taxes in 2017.  Tax amounts will be available to property owners calling the office beginning on December 26th.  She is working with the software vendor to have the information posted directly to the website as quickly as possible.

For payments to be processed in 2017, payment must be received in the Town Clerk’s office by Friday, December 29th at 12:00 Noon.

Due to the holiday season, the Town Clerk’s office will be operating with a limited staff.  Please call during office hours – 677-3419.  We have had an overwhelming number of requests for this service and your cooperation in calling the office, rather than leaving a phone message or sending an email, will be very helpful in ensuring all property owners receive fair and equal treatment.

Tax bills will be processed and sent by January 19th.  Payments made after February 28th will incur additional fees.

TOWN OF WASHINGTON NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF TAX ROLL AND TAX WARRANT

TAKE NOTICE THAT I, MARY ALEX, Tax Collector of the Town of Washington, Dutchess County, New York, have duly received the tax roll and warrant for the collection of taxes within the Town of Washington for the Year 2018.  Collection of Taxes begins December 26, 2017 through February 28, 2018.  Checks may be made payable to Mary Alex, Tax Collector, P O Box 667, Millbrook, NY  12545.  Payments may be made in person at the Town Hall, 10 Reservoir Drive, Millbrook, NY 12545, Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM, excluding weekends and holidays.  The Town Clerk’s Office will be closed on Tuesday, February 20, 2017 to attend training.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that taxes may be paid on or before February 28, 2018 without penalty.  On all such taxes remaining unpaid, beginning on March 1st, a penalty will be added as follows:  March 1 – March 31 – 2 %, April 1 – April 30 – 3 % and May 1 – May 31 – 4%.  After April 30, an additional fee of $2.00 will be assessed to any unpaid properties.   Beginning on June 1, 2018, the unpaid taxes will be turned over to the Dutchess County Commissioner of Finance, 22 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY  12601.

Mary Alex, Tax Collector

Dated:  12/22/2018

Dutchess County will be providing the local municipalities the Tax Warrant and Roll on or before December 28, 2017.  Tax Collector Mary Alex will be accepting tax payments once she has received the Tax Warrant.

Residents will be required to call the Town Clerk’s Office for the tax amount that is due.  845-677-3419  PLEASE, do not leave a message on the answering machine requesting that we call you back with the tax amount.  The Town has limited staffing and we have had many inquiries on this subject.

Payments will be accepted at the Town Clerk’s office by  cash or check, ACH Electronic Transfer, credit card or Visa Debit Card.  Tax Collector Mary Alex has worked with the Bank of Millbrook to accept an ACH Electronic Transfer .  There is a service fee for payments made by Visa Debit Card, which is $3.95 per transaction.  Payments made by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express will have an additional service fee of 2.45% of the payment amount for Tax Payments.  Credit Card Payment authorization forms will be posted on the town website when the warrant is available.

It is recommended that residents consult with their accountant, tax attorney or the IRS Helpline as to the implications of the proposed Federal Tax Reform Bill.

Tax Collector Mary Alex has received many inquiries from residents wishing to prepay 2018 taxes.  There will be information disseminated this afternoon from Dutchess County officials.  Once that information is received, the Town will determine the best method to provide an early tax collection period.

If the County makes the information available, payments will have to be presented at the Town Hall by Thursday, December 28th to ensure that the payment is processed in 2017.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

TAKE NOTICE that the Town Board of the Town of Washington will hold a public hearing at the Town Hall, 10 Reservoir Drive, Millbrook, New York on December 14, 2017 at 7:00 o’clock, p.m., on Local Law No. __ of the Year 2017, amending Local Law No. 1 of the Year 2008, to remove the ten (10) year limitation of the Cold War Veterans exemption.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that copies of the aforesaid proposed local law will be available for examination at the office of the Clerk of the Town of Washington, at the Town Hall, 10 Reservoir Drive, Millbrook, New York between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and then between 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on all business days between the date of this notice and the date of the public hearing.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that all person interested and citizens shall have an opportunity to be heard on said proposal at the time and place aforesaid.

DATED:    Millbrook, New York

November 20, 2017

MARY ALEX, TOWN CLERK

The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a Public hearing for on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM, at the Town Hall to consider the following application:

Wings Over Water Millbrook (Edie Flood) 2647 Route 44, the application request is for a Use Variance under the Town Zoning Code to allow for the operation of an Aquatic, Fitness and Wellness Center offering a full program of aquatics, fitness and exercise activities, as well as related health and nutritional support services.  The property is zone 5RL.

Any person may appear at such hearing in person or other representation to be heard in favor or against such request.

By Order of John Parisi, Chairman

Zoning Board of Appeals
December 5, 2017

SAVE THE DATE! WEEKENDERS WELCOME !!!

 

THORNE BUILDING – THIRD PUBLIC HEARING

Saturday, December 9th from 2-4 pm at the Millbrook Firehouse

 

We are holding this meeting on a Saturday afternoon because we hope those of you who are mainly here on weekends can join in the discussion of this important issue.  As an important part of the Millbrook community, we would like to better understand what types of activities and programs we could have at the new Thorne Building to interest you and your families.

The project background: As you may know, a group of concerned local citizens have been exploring how best to make use of the Thorne Memorial Building.  After four meetings with the Mayor last spring, he announced the formation of the Thorne Building Planning Committee, charged with developing a proposal that would transfer this architectural jewel of the village to a new not-for-profit entity for use as a community center. I am the chairman of this committee. The other members are: Bob Audia, Rona Boyer, Matthew Calkins, Skip Ciferri, Thom Fiet, Ann Gifford, Bob Knapp, Patsy Pollack, Joe Rochfort, Grace Rosa, Betsy Shequine, Sarah Stack, and George Whalen. Oakleigh Thorne serves as Chairman of the Board for the non-profit.

WE HAVE SET OURSELVES THREE GOALS:

1) To ascertain the best uses of the building for the greater Millbrook community.

2) To discover the costs of renovation and adaptation to meet these uses.

3) To develop a fundraising plan to support the renovation and operation of the building.

The first public meeting was held on October 10th at the Firehouse to which 250 people came. The second meeting was held on November 27th at the Millbrook High School and was also well attended. At that meeting Mayor Rob Brown addressed the crowd.

Our third meeting is on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9th FROM 2 – 4 PM, AT THE FIREHOUSE.

Our agenda will include a brief recap of the 501c(3) non-profit status, a summary of the breakout sessions from our October meeting, and a recap of the November 27thmeeting.

All of us on the Planning Committee look forward to seeing you on December 9th.

 

Charles E. Pierce, Jr.

Chair, Planning Committee of the Thorne Building Community Center

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Chairman of the Legislature Dale Borchert have announced applications are being accepted to serve on the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights. Individuals who are dedicated to the cause of human rights and seek to ensure Dutchess County is an inclusive and respectful community for all are encouraged to apply. There are three open positions, each for a three year term. Applications are available online at www.dutchessny.gov/humanrights. Application deadline is December 29th, 2017. All appointments are subject to confirmation by the Dutchess County Legislature.

County Executive Molinaro said, “Dutchess County’s Commission on Human Rights serves a vital role in fostering mutual respect and understanding. We welcome interested individuals to consider applying and learning how they can be a resource for those who feel they have been subject to bias or discrimination.”

Legislature Chairman Borchert said, “Ensuring Dutchess County is a place where all individuals feel respected and included is a priority for all of us and we are grateful to those who are willing to give of their time and talent in this important mission. We encourage residents to spread the word about this opportunity to serve on the Commission on Human Rights and help create a stronger, more connected our community.”

The Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights is a 15 member body that serves in an advisory role and is charged with the responsibilities of addressing discriminatory practices, attempting to resolve such practices and serve as an efficient referral of complaint materials to the New York State Division of Human Rights in the event a resolution cannot be reached. The Commission seeks to foster mutual respect and understanding among racial, religious, nationality, disability, LGBT and other groups in Dutchess County. The Commission acts as a resource for the community to identify discrimination, address the issues and work with those involved to stop the behavior.

More information about serving on the Commission, including members’ roles and responsibilities, can be found on the Dutchess County website at www.dutchessny.gov/humanrights. Applications can be submitted online; emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or mailed or dropped off to: DC Human Rights Commission, 22 Market Street, 5th Floor, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601. Direct link to the application is available online. Application deadline is December 29th, 2017

IMG952796 768x576As we kick off the holiday season, we are happy to remind the community that tonight you will find a lot of excitement in the Village of Millbrook.  The Community Christmas Tree in front of Tribute Garden Park will be lit at 5:30 PM.  The Annual Christmas Parade of Lights will begin at 6:00 PM.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will proceed from the Parade of Lights to the Fire House.  They will be joined by the Town of Washington Recreation Department to welcome children and visit with Santa.  The Millbrook Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be providing hot chocolate and donuts to Santa’s visitors.

While in Millbrook, we urge everyone to Shop Local and take advantage of the many unique restaurants, shops and businesses that offer one of a kind merchandise and experiences for gifts.  Many of the establishments are small businesses that support the community activities and school organizations that we all enjoy.

It is requested that all visitors park on the side streets, the parking lot on Friendly Lane, the Town Hall Parking lot or the Tribute Garden Parking lots.  Please do not park on Franklin Avenue.

Please note that there will be traffic delays.  Franklin Avenue will be closed during the parade from the traffic light at the intersection of Route 82 and Route 343 to Franklin Avenue and Route 44/82 by Twin Brooks Garden Center.  Alternate entries into the village include Church Street by Route 343 and Ciferri Drive off of Sharon Turnpike.

While traveling into Millbrook, remember that there will be many excited children and people looking to park their cars.  Please take caution so everyone may have a delightful and safe evening.