'Clerical Error' Overtaxes CV Residents, Businesses

By Dave Greber

'Clerical Error' Overtaxes CV Residents, Businesses

November 15, 2012 Updated Nov 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM EDT

Binghamton (WBNG Binghamton) If you're a resident or business in the Chenango Valley School District and you paid your taxes this year, you paid too much.

Residents overpaid by an average of $50, while businesses and commercial properties likely paid significantly more, Chenango Valley School Board members said Wednesday evening.

There was a chance residents and businesses could get the money back by Christmas, as that was one of the options before the Chenango Valley School Board.

Instead, they unanimously approved a measure to hold on to the money until next year, and apply it to next year's tax bills.

"It seems like we need to publicize this ... and explain that, because of this mistake, we're going to apply it to next year," said Board Member Stuart Elliot.

Board members stressed more than once getting in front of the story so as to ease the impact on local voters, who Board President Gerald Abbey Jr., called "overstressed" on taxes.

"But we didn't make this mistake, and we're the ones who are going to take the heat for it," Abbey said.

Officials from BOCES told the board Wednesday a clerical error in their central office was the cause for the overcharge.

The district collected $293,251 more than their $18 million tax budget allowed.