• Mike CarterHello Barker Learning Community.

    Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year. As many of you know, I have transitioned to the role of School Business Administrator after serving as the Principal for the past several years. Before we get into the busy school year, I wanted to take this opportunity to review some information regarding school taxes.

    The total tax levy for the 2023-2024 school year will be $5,017,125.00. This is an increase of 2% from last year’s tax levy of $4,918,750. After an engaging budget development season involving various stakeholders, community input and presentations, and regular monthly work with our Budget Advisory Committee, the Board of Education adopted the levy and voters passed the budget in May. This increase is part of our long planning process as we continue to build for the future.

    The next important item is the tax rate. This varies by tax jurisdiction. Each town – Somerset, Hartland, Newfane, Yates and Ridgeway – will each have a different tax rate. The tax rate is based on several pieces of information, most important of which are: the total taxable assessed values of properties in the District; the District’s tax levy (above); and the equalization rate for each town. Please note the District only sets the tax levy, not the tax rate. 

    Tax bills are calculated and printed by Niagara County in mid-August and they will be mailed to you shortly. Tax bills will be arriving in early September. Tax bills are generally due by September 30 each year without penalty. There are a few methods to pay. Bills can be paid via mail, and directions will be included on the bills. Also, the District has a lock box located outside the District Office doors at the 1911 building. Taxpayers can drop their payment in the lockbox and a receipt will be mailed to you. Please note we do NOT take cash payments for security and safety purposes.

    Thank you all for your continued support of the District. It is an honor to continue to work here in this school and community in this new role. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.


    Michael Carter
    Business Administrator

    (716) 795-3113
    (716) 795-3283 (fax)