Auburn school district ends discussion around utility tax for property owners

The Auburn Enlarged City School District isn’t going to go forward with a utility tax proposal, which drew heavy criticism after its initial discussion.

“The district would like to thank the community for all of the feedback,” Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo said in a press release. “After many phone calls, emails, and face to face discussions, we have received enough feedback to determine that this is not what the community wants. We heard your concerns, which is why we decided not to move forward.”

A state law allows small city school districts in New York to impose taxes on utilities, which include propane, natural gas, electricity, telephone, cell phones, and coal.

That tax could have reached three percent. Due to growing financial burden on schools due to funding shortages some say are caused by the state – new revenue sources are constantly being sought.

The Citizen reports that 25 out of 57 small city districts in the state have this utility tax in place.

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