Minutes February 26, 2014 (Public Hearing )






February 26, 2014



7:00 p.m.



Horace Greeley High School



Board of Education
Jeffrey Mester, President
Karen Visser, Vice President
Alyson Gardner Kiesel
Warren Messner
Victoria Tipp


Staff Members

Dr. Lyn McKay, Superintendent

Mr. Eric Byrne, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum

Mr. Andrew Selesnick, Assistant Superintendent for Leadership, and Instruction

Mr. John Chow, Assistant Superintendent for Business

Theresa Markley, District Clerk / Adm. Asst. to Superintendent


Visitors Present:

Representatives of the Chappaqua PTA, school PTAs, building administrators, faculty, and other interested citizens.


President Mester called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m. Alyson Kiesel moved to convene the Public Hearing on Alternative Veterans Exemption Resolution. Victoria Tipp seconded.

President Mester explained the purpose of the Public Hearing for the Board and community to discuss the PROPOSED ADOPTION OF ALTERNATIVE VETERANS' EXEMPTION for the purpose of discussion of the Board of Education adopting the Alternative Veterans' Exemption pursuant to §458-a of the Real Property Tax Law for eligible veterans who served during a period of war or have received an expeditionary medal for assessment rolls prepared on the basis of the taxable status dates occurring on or after January 1, 2014.

John Chow used a presentation to explain that this previously existed for other taxing jurisdictions since 1984, but it has now been extended to school districts. The law was amended on December 18, 2013. This applies to the veteran's primary residence only. He listed the qualifications and noted the Town Assessor for New Castle provided the following: There are 207 approved veterans eligible. A total exempt assessment: $3,220,741; total tax for redistribution (based on 13-14): $330,696; total parcels: 5,551 and an average annual increase per parcel is $60. (Town of Mt. Pleasant has not responded.) If adopted by March 1, it will apply to 2015-16 school year taxes. Veterans must claim exemption.

The following are the components of the Alternative Veterans' Exemption:

Basic Exemption: Tax exemption of 15% of the assessed value of the property, not to exceed $12,000 or the product of $12,000 multiplied by the latest state equalization rate for the assessing unit, whichever is less.

Combat Zone: For veterans who are documented to have served in a combat zone an additional tax exemption of 10% percent of the assessed value of the property, not to exceed $8,000 or the product of $8,000 multiplied by the latest state equalization rate, whichever is less.

Disabled Veterans: Where the veteran received a compensation rating from the Veterans' Administration or Department of Defense based upon a service related disability, an additional tax exemption on the qualifying residential property to the extent of the product of the assessed value multiplied by 50% of the veteran's disability rating, not to exceed $40,000 or the product of $40,000 multiplied by the latest state equalization rate, whichever is less.

President Mester was pleased at the number of people at the hearing and asked if anyone would like to comment. Several proponents of the adoption of the resolution spoke. There were no negative comments from the public.

President Mester thanked the veterans who served our country and the board will vote on the resolution in the public board meeting that follows the hearing.



Warren Messner moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:35 p.m.. Karen Visser seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa Markley, District Clerk / Admin. Asst. to Superintendent

Jeffrey Mester, Board President