Tax rate reduced, tax bills coming

GREENVILLE- According to Tax Collector Kathleen Valliere, “People are going to be ecstatic when they open their tax bills.”

That emotion will be caused by a tax rate that has dropped about $39 per $1,000 valuation, a drop caused by revaluation of the town from an equalized ratio of about 50 percent to about 100 percent. While the tax rate is much lower, not everyone will be paying less in taxes.

The new rate of $14.78 breaks down to town, $5.48; local schools, $6.44; state schools, $2.01; and county, $85. Last year the rate was $53.88, breaking down to town, $16.07; local schools, $28.54; state school, $7.40; and county $1.87.