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Unpaid school taxes on the rise in Columbia County

Jan 10, 2017 12:05 am

Jeanette Wolfberg is reporting in The Columbia Paper on recent action taken by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors. The board called for adding the unpaid 2016-17 school tax bills, plus 7 percent interest, to the county tax bills going out to property owners with unpaid school taxes in Columbia County this month. Kinder hook Supervisor Patrick Grattan, the board's former chairman, said in recent years, the county has stepped up what he called aggressive tax collection, and about 30 to 45 percent of those dunned for school taxes in January paid the bill by April. As of the last week of December, unpaid school taxes on county properties amounted to $6.7 million, compared to $6.4 million in 2015. There was $870,000 still owed on property in the Hudson City School District; and $5.8 million is from nearly 2,200 parcels located elsewhere, according to information supplied by the county Treasurer’s Office. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.