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Salisbury residents may tax rate increase after state’s miscalculation 

  • Salisbury town moderator John Herbert hits the gavel to end the meeting, forty minutes after it got started. GEOFF FORESTER



Monitor staff
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tax bills in Salisbury will be a higher than they should be this June due to a mistake by the state, town official said.

The town had proposed removing $79,110 from capital reserves to pay for new fire tanker in their annual budget submitted to the Department of Revenue Administration in December, but the agency accidentally included that money in tax rate calculations.

As a result, the $24 per $1,000 tax rate should be decreased by 51 cents, equivalent to around $150 for a $300,000 home.

By the time Salisbury officials noticed, the 10-day appeal period had expired and the tax rate was set.

“It doesn’t sound like a lot, but for a small town $80,000 can make an impact,” said Town Administrator Margaret Warren.

As of now, residents will be required to pay taxes at the mistaken rate.

Legally the town may not be able to fix the mistake until December of this year. Warren said Salisbury officials reached out to Department of Revenue Administration Director Stephen Hamilton two weeks ago to see if the town can get a special exception to amend the June billing.

“I’m not sure how likely it is,” she said. “We’re hopeful we’re going to hear from them soon, and go forward from there.”

 

(Leah Willingham can be reached at 369-3322, lwillingham@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @LeahMWillingham.)