Rhinebeck school board OKs higher property taxes

RHINEBECK – The Board of Education has adopted a $21.46 million property tax levy for 2008-09 that’s $1.05 million, or 5.17 percent, larger than the 2007-08 levy.

The levy is part of $26.29 million budget that was approved by Rhinebeck district voters, 656-393, in May. The spending plan is $1.47 million, or 5.93 percent, larger than the district’s 2007-08 budget.

Rates per $1,000 of assessed property value under the new levy are as follows.

* Rhinebeck: $11.47, up 26 cents, or 2.28 percent.

* Clinton: $19.04, down less than 1 cent, or 0.01 percent.

* Hyde Park: $25.49, up 57 cents, or 2.28 percent.

* Milan: $11.47, up 26 cents, or 2.28 percent.

* Red Hook: $11.47, up 26 cents, or 2.28 percent.

* Stanford: $24.41, up 55 cents, or 2.28 percent.

Tax bills are to be sent out today and can be paid, without penalty, between Sept. 4 and Oct. 3. Bills paid between Oct. 4 and Nov. 3 will carry a 2 percent surcharge.