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Hilltown Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, January 13, 2011

Mistake in the tax bills “has no relevance,” assessor says

By Zach Simeone

KNOX — Despite a printing error in Knox’s town and county tax bills, the numbers are accurate, according to the assessor.

When Knox residents got their tax bills this year, some saw that their school district was listed as Guilderland, rather than Berne-Knox-Westerlo.

“But it’s not a school tax bill, so it really has no relevance to the bill,” said Russell Pokorny, assessor for Knox.

“It was the result of an incompatibility between the print program,” Pokorny said in reference to the company NexxLinx, “and a table on the real property service file, and apparently that incompatibility didn’t exist last year, because it didn’t happen last year,” he said of the misprint, though he says he does not fully understand the problem himself.

“Now,” Pokorny went on, “what’s happening is, even if the bill has the wrong school district on it, when the tax collector prints the receipt, it’ll have the correct school district on it and it’ll be mailed back to the customer.”

Some BKW residents, he went on, had Schoharie Central School District on their bills.

“There wasn’t any reason to reprint them, because the bills are accurate,” Pokorny concluded. “It’s just the description, and the receipts will be corrected.”

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