School Tax Extension for Area Districts

By Lindsay Nielsen

School Tax Extension for Area Districts

October 5, 2011 Updated Oct 5, 2011 at 6:25 PM EDT

Town of Fenton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Families in some of our local school districts are getting a break when it comes to paying school taxes, thanks to an extension recently approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Property owners in 12 area districts now have more time to pay their school tax bills without interest or penalties.

The extension was approved through the state Department of Tax and Finance.

It allows taxpayers to take up to 21 additional days to pay their bills, as the regular due date for school taxes in area districts was September 30th.

Tax payers now have until October 21st.

The extension was put in place to help out those affected by flooding.

"Well hopefully it gives them the ability to delay the payment slightly in order to take care of business at home first and foremost, since this is really the only option that the district has we can't wave the taxes due or anything like that," says Business Executive for the Chenango Valley School District, Elizabeth Donahue.

Some districts are handing late fees back to residents.

For those in the Chenango Valley School District, if you have already paid the two percent penalty based on the old deadline, the district will reimburse you at the end of October.

Now, each district has their own set of rules on enforcing the new deadline, so you're asked to check with your district for that information.