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NICE SURPRISE: MORE PEOPLE PAID SCHOOL PROPERTY TAXES IN 2009 THAN IN 2008!
Release Date: March 02, 2009

The town of Greenburgh acts as a collector of taxes for school districts. We are required to pay the school taxes to the school districts whether we collect the taxes or not.  The 2nd half of school taxes was due at the end of January. Many people speculated that the deep recession our nation is currently suffering from would impact school tax collections. Other communities around the nation are experiencing more foreclosures, failure of many people to pay their property taxes.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn from Dave Dwinell, Receiver of Taxes,that the town actually collected a greater percentage of school tax bills owed in 2009 than we collected in 2008. Hat’s off to David Dwinell. His office has been working very hard following up on school tax bills owed.
One of the reasons why Standard & Poors upgraded the town’s bond rating to AAA last year (the highest rating a municipality can receive) and why Moody’s has also upgraded our bond ratings in previous years  is because we have a high tax collection rate. This is very good news.  The overall amount that was collected in 2009 was also $15,184,506 more than last year.
On March 1, 2008(last year) we collected 96.8% of all school taxes for the ten school districts in Greenburgh.
On March 1, 2009 (this year) we collected 97.3% of all school taxes for the ten school districts in Greenburgh.
THINK POSITIVE---THE ECONOMY WILL TURN AROUND.
PAUL FEINER
Greenburgh Town Supervisor
PS: I received more good news from our comptroller, Mike Kolesar.  I am pleased to inform you that the Government Finance Officers Association has again awarded the Town of Greenburgh a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.  This marks the 21st consecutive year that the Town’s Comprehensive Annual Financial report (“CAFR”) has been so recognized.
 
 
 
 

From: Michael Kolesar
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 5:14 PM
To: Diana Juettner; Francis Sheehan; Kevin Morgan; Paul Feiner; Sonja Brown
Cc: Bart J. Talamini; Ray Hart (rhart@capmark.org); Bindu Belani; Debra Lawrance; Diane Verdi; Jeneva Batten; Lennisha Swinney; Michele Jones; Pauline Kirkland; Robert Salvi; Sheri Porcello
Subject: GFOA Certificate
 
I am pleased to inform you that the Government Finance Officers Association has again awarded the Town of Greenburgh a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.  This marks the 21st consecutive year that the Town’s Comprehensive Annual Financial report (“CAFR”) has been so recognized.
 
It should be noted that a lion’s share of the credit for this award belongs to the Town’s Deputy Comptroller, Bart Talamini and of course the staff of the Comptroller’s Department.
 
Mike
 
Michael J. Kolesar
Comptroller
Town of Greenburgh
177 Hillside Avenue
Greenburgh, NY  10607
914.993.1534
 

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