Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00
While I believe that the creation of affordable housing is a good thing, it also has a serious downside if too much of it is concentrated in one area. This downside is the cumulative effect on school taxes.
Being a long time resident in the Westbury School District (34 years) I am no stranger to the persistent rise in school taxes. In recent years, this rise has been exacerbated by the amount of affordable housing being located in the New Cassel section of Westbury. The evidence can be easily seen by looking at the increasing number of new students being enrolled in the Westbury Schools.
To give myself a better understanding of the impact of this ever increasing enrollment, I conducted a comparison of the school taxes in the Westbury School District to the school taxes in the surrounding districts. What I discovered was eye opening. While my study was conducted for the tax years 2008 through 2014, due to space constraints, I am including the results for only the most recent tax year (2013-2014). May I add, that the numbers from the full study (all six years), show that the tax gap between Westbury and the adjacent districts continues to widen.
For the basis of an “Apples to Apples” comparison, I have created a hypothetical house and property with a “Fair Market Value” of $400,000. All other raw data was taken from the Nassau County Land Records Viewer where I looked up the 2013-2014 School Tax
Rates for the Carle Place School District (SD #11), East Williston (SD #2), Garden City (SD #18), Hicksville (SD #17) Jericho (SD #15), Mineola ( SD#10); Uniondale (SD#2) and Westbury ( SD#1).
The tax rate data does not include library assessments for the 3 districts in the sample that have libraries. The tax rate data does not reflect any exemptions (STAR, ENHANCED STAR or other).
The School Tax for each district was calculated as follows:
$400,000 (fair market value) was multiplied by .25 percent (level of assessment fair market value) to get the assessed value per $100 to be used in the tax calculation. The product of this multiplication was then multiplied by the school tax rate for each district.
School Tax = (($400,000 * .0025) / 100) * (School Tax Rate). In simplified form this works out such that the computed tax equals the district tax rate times 10.
The results for school tax year 2013-2014 are below.
Carle Place: Tax rate per $100 assessed valuation: $759.53; School Tax on $400,000 home: $7595.30
East Williston: Tax rate per $100 assessed valuation: $822.90; School Tax on $400,000 home: $8229.00
Garden City: Tax rate per $100 assessed valuation: $598.21; School Tax on $400,000 home: $5982.10
Hicksville: Tax rate per $100 assessed valuation: $623.52; School Tax on $400,000 home: $6235.20
Jericho: Tax rate per $100 assessed valuation: $754.31; School Tax on $400,000 home: $7543.10
Mineola: Tax rate per $100 assessed valuation: $706.43; School Tax on $400,000 home: $7064.30
Uniondale: Tax rate per $100 assessed valuation: $709.08; School Tax on $400,000 home: $7090.80
Westbury: Tax rate per $100 assessed valuation: $1161.63 School Tax on $400,000 home: $11616.30
The same $400,000 property located in the Westbury School District would have school tax bills:
34.60 percent (or $4018.00) higher than if it were in the Carle Place School District
29.14 percent (or $3384.30) higher than if it were in the East Williston School District
48.49 percent (or $5631.20) higher than if it were in the Garden City School District
46.31 percent (or $5378.10) higher than if it were in the Hicksville School District
35.05 percent (or $4070.20) higher than if it were in the Jericho School District
39.17 percent (or $4549.00) higher than if it were in the Mineola School District
38.94 percent (or $4522.50) higher than if it were in the Uniondale School District
The results clearly show that taxpayers in the Westbury School District already shoulder a significantly higher school tax burden than all the surrounding districts for a property with the same $400,000 market value. Adding more affordable housing in Westbury will further swell the student enrollment forcing the already untenable tax rates significantly higher. I believe that those officials in North Hempstead who are pushing for additional affordable housing in Westbury are either unaware of or simply insensitive to the financial burden being placed on the district’s existing residents.
Looking at these numbers one could readily argue that the creation of affordable housing for one group of people is making housing less affordable for another group of people. There must be some form of balance in the equation so that the creation of affordable housing for one group does not result in pressure on another group to leave.
Jeremy C. Waldecker
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.
In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.
“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9.
Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray.
The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds. Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group. She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group. Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.