ROTTERDAM: Schools face angry taxpayers

"Assessments at full value mean we are taxing people fairly and equally. We are treating everyone the same, and morally that is the right thing to do," he said.

Before the reassessment, some homeowners had their properties assessed incorrectly or over- assessed, leaving them paying a greater share of the levy than others. Those people can expect to see a decrease in their tax bills.

This year the state adopted the 2007 Middle Class STAR rebate program, which can save residents of middle incomes about $300 on their tax bill. Residents have to fill out and file the form by Nov. 30. A link to more information about the program is available on the school's Web site at www.mohonasen.org.

Del Prado said she was also surprised at the number of other exemptions available for residents. Those exemptions are available on the town's Web site at www.rotterdamny.org. ""

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