Croydon property owners are seeing a substantial increase in their December property taxes which rose from $12.98 per thousand in 2012 to $18.34 for 2013 due to an increase in the school tax. Croydon’s School Board Chair – Jody Underwood said “The main reason for the school tax increase is because of unexpected special education costs.” The school tax increased about $5.00 due to a tuition misunderstanding that left Croydon to make up a $59,000 shortfall and an increase is unexpected Special Education cost. Federal law requires that towns pay for special needs students to attend school from age 3-21 and year around if needed. In addition the unfunded mandate requires services be paid for by the town even when a service is covered by the parents insurance such as speech therapy. Croydon has little businesses in its tax base and costs fall heavily on the 400 plus property owners.