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Guilderland school taxes set

"Guilderland residents, who comprise approximately 93 percent of the district's tax base, will pay $19.3762 per $1,000 of assessed value"an increase of 22 cents, or 1.16 percent, over the current year's school taxes. The district previously estimated a tax rate increase of 1.43 percent," according to the statement.

In comparison, "the Town of Bethlehem will pay $16.6868 per $1,000 assessed value; residents in the Town of New Scotland will pay $16.4114 per $1,000 assessed value; and residents in the Town of Knox will pay $29.1070 per $1,000 assessed value ," according to information provided by the school district.

Councilmen Mark Grimm, who sits on the town board, said the board of education appears to be cutting taxes but are only tooting their own horn.

"I think they like a little wiggle room. The reason they underestimate the assessment is so they can say, 'Look, we're lowering the tax rate,'" Grimm said.

Grimm also took issue with the heightened spending of the school district, and New York State United Teachers push for a removal of the tax cap set now at 4 percent.

Grimm said they waste too much revenue on teachers who get paid more simply because of their experience and not their ability.

He said they get cost-of-living raises and 24 additional raises based on how long they teach and their degrees.

"Don't get me wrong, teachers are a valuable and important, and good teachers are worth it, but the bottom line is how well you teach."

No one in the assessor's office was available to comment, as Carol Wysomski, the town's assessor, has retired.

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