Rome, NY Sucks

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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Back to High Taxes

Again, Rome's School Board wants to spend more than it can afford. I guess since they screwed up so bad two years ago and had to actually balance their budget last year, they figure they can give the district a little treat. I only hope the state budget comes in by April again, so they get hit with cold reality. There's no way they're making up a $3.3 million deficit with state aid.

The current plan is for a 4% increase in property taxes, added to last year's 4% and the 10% the year before that. Of course, property taxes are based on the idiotic system of dollars per assessed value. Current Rome rates are $26 per $1000 of assessed value. At this rate, that will double before the end of the decade.


  • At February 20, 2006 2:03 PM, Blogger Roman Hokie said…

    I still cannot figure out the assessed value and equalization... I know what my house cost me 16 months ago, and I know that, for some strange reason, my taxes are based on only 4% of that (Town of Lee).

    When I figure it all out, I'll have to post the formula on my blog. Correction, IF...

  • At February 20, 2006 5:37 PM, Blogger RomeHater said…

    You live in Lee too? Does anyone live inside the boundaries of Rome anymore?

  • At February 20, 2006 9:39 PM, Blogger Roman Hokie said…

    When we moved here, we were told that Rome taxes were so high that we were better off outside the city limits. Of course, Lee isn't much better. Same school taxes, and we pay an additional $28 a month for trash ($336/yr AND the Lee water fees, which seem to be going up soon!).

  • At February 21, 2006 6:19 PM, Blogger RomeHater said…

    I would love to know who told you that. Rome has had to deal with the town of Lee using Rome as their source of urban services and activities. Houses are more expensive in Lee, and a lot of high paid Rome teachers live there. Basically, they save on property tax rates while living off property tax revenue.


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