CARMEL, N.Y. - William Carlin, the Putnam County Commissioner of Finance, has temporarily suspended all school tax payments due to a file-control error that caused veteran exemptions to exceed maximum limits, which, in turn, caused the 2019-20 school tax bills to be incorrect.
Corrected school tax bills will be mailed the week of Sept. 16. Taxpayers are advised to check with their local tax collector regarding the exact date to pay in person or online, where applicable. Taxpayers wishing to pay in person can contact their tax collector the week of Sept. 16 for the date that in-person payments will resume.
The corrected school tax bill will read “Corrected Bill” at the top and bottom of the bill and be printed on yellow paper.
The new corrected school tax collection schedule is as follows: Half partial payments are extended to Oct. 7. Full payments without interest are extended to Oct. 21.
Carlin said that the vast majority of taxpayers will see a small reduction in their tax bill, while approximately 3,300 people receiving the affected exemptions will receive a corrected tax bill that will be comparable to the school tax bill that they have received in previous years.
Taxpayers who have already paid their school taxes will receive a refund if their school taxes were overpaid or pay the difference if they underpaid.
“We apologize to our school district and municipal officials, and most importantly the taxpayers that we all serve, for the inconvenience caused by this error,” Carlin said. “We will be putting into place procedures to help ensure that this does not happen again.”
For further information, contact the commissioner of finance at 845-808-1075.