Unique Discovery By School District
The Corning-Painted Post School District is in New York's southern tier, west of Elmira. This past Tuesday evening, the district made the mistake of holding a public hearing on the possibility of establishing a school district tax on utility bills. Approximately 100 taxpayers turned out and resoundingly disapproved of the tax implementation. Said new tax would be on electricity, natural gas, propane gas, cell- and landline phones. Surprisingly though, the definition of "utilities" did not include coal, fuel oil or wood. The following evening--during a school board meeting--the taxpayers shouted down an effort by said district to apply a .5 to 3% tax on district taxpayers' utility bills.
I never realized this, but it seems there's a state law that allows districts with 125,000 or fewer residents to establish a utility tax. Said tax is considered a form of sales tax, and is in addition to the already unreasonable property taxes.
If you live in New York State; if you live in a school district within the aforementioned limitations, beware of this stealth tax that few seem aware of!!