Tax bills include school donation notice
Earlier this spring, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a program under which property owners can make a contribution to the schools. A notice explaining how to donate will be included with tax bills.
';Any person wishing to make a donation to the Manchester School District should forward a separate check directly to the Manchester School District,'; the notice says. It also states that the donation does not reduce taxes owed to the city, and tells taxpayers to talk to a tax advisor about whether the gift is tax-deductible.
The school district had asked for legal advice on the technicalities of handling donations. Before the program was approved, the city was advised that a check-off system for voluntary contributions is not allowed.
Current school regulations provide that the superintendent of schools can accept donations to the district of up to $1,000. Donations of more than $1,000 require a vote by the Board of School Committee.
For a donation of more than $5,000 a full-fledged public hearing, with prior public notice of the gift, is required.
Tax payments are due by July 1; after that interest is charged at a 12 percent annual rate.