District officials also noted that changes in the STAR exemption formula would likely mean increases in tax bills for some residents.
The STAR (School Tax Relief) program pays a portion of school taxes for low- and mid-income households by effectively lowering the true value of a home in tax calculations. The difference is made up by the state, but the percentage the state will cover will decrease up to 11 percent this year.
It's a matter of some concern for the district, said spokeswoman Christy Multer, because residents may perceive a significantly higher bill as the fault of the school district instead of the result of state mandate.
"It's frustrating to us the one year we're able to have the lowest levy increase in 40 years, the other one jumps up," said Multer. "They [taxpayers] won't feel the impact of the hard work the school board did to hold the overall levy down."
BH-BL school tax bills were mailed out on Aug. 28.""