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Scarsdale Schools: No Prepayment Of Taxes Without Warrant

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Scarsdale High School. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Although village residents have been receiving conflicting information regarding the pre-payment of taxes in Scarsdale, the school district has refused a warrant to allow such payment.

This week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order allowing New Yorkers to prepay property taxes following the passage of the Republican tax reform earlier this month.

Despite the executive order, the school district issued an alert on Wednesday afternoon stating that the district must issue a warrant to allow such prepayment, and after “looking into the matter carefully, including consulting with attorneys,” it was determined that the district cannot issue a warrant at this time.

“Cuomo's Executive Order does not specifically authorize the pre-payment of such school taxes, nor suspend the operation of State Law governing the school budgetary process,” Scarsdale Board of Education President William Natbony said in a statement.

“Pursuant to the New York State Education Law, school districts must develop and adopt a school budget, which then is submitted to the voters of the district for approval. Only then can the tax warrant be finalized or a tax levy set. The Executive Order did not modify or suspend any of these Education Law requirements for the adoption of the 2018-2019 school budget.“

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