Mid Hudson Times Oct. 11 2017

T IMES MID HUDSON Vol. 29, No 41 Excelsior students celebrate 3 OCTOBER 11 - 17, 2017 3 ONE DOLLAR Uphill battle for Goldbacks Page 43 Page 28 SERVING NEWBURGH AND NEW WINDSOR Rental registry letter reaps confusion Clerical error By SHANTAL RILEY sriley@tcnewspapers.com City of Newburgh property owners were surprised to get a letter in the mail this month asking for information about their homes and buildings. The letter was part of an effort to fully catalogue the city’s rental properties and ramp up code enforcement. The city’s rental registry law requires that landlords register their buildings with the city in order to obtain a rental license. But, so far, city officials say the ordinance has fallen short of meeting its goal of providing a comprehensive record of rental properties. “No matter how we slice or dice the data, there are always a significant number of properties that are left out,” said City Manager Michael Ciaravino at City Hall last Thursday. “What we decided to do was blanket the entire community with notices.. that require single-family homeowners to either affirmatively state or deny whether they have other tenants or other dwellings in their residences.” A form accompanied the letter asking property owners how many rental units they owned. But, the letter caused confusion, especially among homeowners with no rental units. On Facebook last week, residents said they found the letter “threatening” and complained that a Spanish version of the letter was not also sent out. By MARK REYNOLDS mreynolds@tcnewspapers.com Continued on page 4 The faces of New Windsor Shantal Riley (From left) Hannah Schmitt, Fred Fayo IIII, Christopher DiLorenzo and John Babcock are sworn in as police officers at New Windsor Town Hall on Oct. 4. Town Clerk Deborah Green presides over the ceremony. WWW.MIDHUDSONTIMES.COM hits school district in the pocketbook A “clerical error” made by the Town of Newburgh Assessor is going to cost the Marlboro School district dearly in the 2017-18 school year; $1,180,945 to be exact. Last week the Orange County Real Property Tax Service Agency and the Town of Newburgh’s Assessor’s Office informed the Marlboro School District that in September they made a $15 million “clerical error” in calculating this year’s assessment for the Roseton Power Plant. Marlboro relies on the Assessor’s office for accuracy when compiling their school budget and tax bills. The Roseton plant is under a federal court-ordered settlement that each year reduces their assessed value and thus lowers the amount they pay in school taxes. The settlement reductions will conclude in 2019. For this year’s tax bill, the Newburgh Assessor failed to apply the court-ordered reduction and instead used the previous year’s figures, resulting in a tax bill for the plant of $4,130,758 on an assessment of $50,672,200. Representatives for the Roseton plant filed for a corrected tax roll that lowered their tax bill to $2,907,969 on an assessment of $35,672,200. All of this leaves the Marlboro School District in a bind on how to make up for the unexpected shortfall; either make cuts of nearly $1.2 million or tap their Continued on page 3