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Tax rates for Fulton County released for all 12 municipalities

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors may have flattened the average tax rate to a zero percent increase for 2021, but rates fluctuate among the county’s two cities and 10 towns.

Due to varying state equalization rates — and other factors — county tax rates vary from a 3 percent decrease for city of Gloversville residents to a 4 percent rate increase for town of Mayfield residents.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 23 at the County Office Building adopted the county’s $92.2 million budget for 2021.

The average county tax rate for next year will be the same as 2020 — $10.89 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The county’s tax levy falls below the state tax cap for 2021. Fulton County’s tax levy for next year will be $30,668,322.

Average state equalization rate countywide is 73 percent.

Following adoption of the 2021 budget, County Budget Director Alice Kuntzsch released final county tax rate data for all 12 municipalities.

The city of Gloversville, which has a state equalization rate of 100 percent (closest to true value), will experience a 3.3 percent reduction in the county tax rate. The city’s county tax rate was decreased by 29 cents — from $8.71 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to $8.42 per $1,000 for the coming year.

On the flip side, the town of Mayfield will endure the worst county tax rate fluctuation — an increase of 3.8 percent in its rate. Mayfield residents will see their county tax rate increase from $12.81 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to $13.30. That town’s equalization rate is 61.5 percent.

But equalization rate doesn’t always spell the worst rate in taxes, as evidenced by the town of Perth. It has the worst state equalization rate in Fulton County at 49 percent, yet its tax rate is going down .3 percent next year.

A table of final adopted tax rates for 2021 follows:

City of Gloversville, $8.42 per $1,000 — down 3.3 percent; city of Johnstown, $8.65 per $1,000 — down 1.1 percent; town of Bleecker, $8.21 per $1.000 — down 2.8 percent; town of Broadalbin, $10.52 per $1,000 — up 2.8 percent; town of Caroga, $13.69 per $1,000 — up 0.3 percent; town of Ephratah, $11.99 per $1,000 — down 3.2 percent; town of Johnstown, $13.18 per $1,000 — down 1.7 percent; town of Northampton, $13.04 per $1,000 — up 1.6 percent; town of Oppenheim, $18.05 per $1,000 — down 0.1 percent; town of Perth, $17.49 per $1,000 — down 0.3 percent; town of Stratford, $8.36 per $1,000 — down 3.0 percent.

When County Budget Director Alice Kuntzsch initially released the tentative budget recently, it raised the average tax rate to $11.02 per $1,000. But that figure was dropped by supervisors applying $350,000 more in fund balance in addition to the $2.5 million that had already been applied during this budget process.

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