Bond, Schoeneck & King member, Rebecca Speno has been presenting to school districts in central New York about the costs associated with providing an optional real property tax exemption to veterans. See the full story at localsyr.com.
Eminent Domain. Condemnation. Taking. Whatever you call it, the acquisition of private property for public purposes by the government, or its agencies, is a highly controversial action. Therefore, it’s important, whether you are a condemning entity or a private property owner, to understand the process that must be followed before private property can be condemned. This… Continue Reading
Surprise! Yeah, it’s grievance time for most towns and some cities in New York (May 28th is “the day”). Awhile ago we blogged about what to do about your assessment if you think it is unfair or excessive or you’ve been short-changed on an exemption. Now, here’s what not to do. 1. Don’t say that your assessment is too high… Continue Reading
New York County has given us another case to help us though the morass of what is – and what ain’t - taxable real property under the Real Property Tax Law. On March 12, 2013, New York County Supreme Court issued a decision consistent with the RCN v. Frankel decision and, thereby making it clearer that all power generating apparatus… Continue Reading
For many years, county websites across New York State have maintained real property tax information databases that are easily searchable by property owner name, address or tax map parcel number. Searching one of these databases by name would quickly call up a list of all properties owned by that person within the entire county. Recently,… Continue Reading
The New York State Teachers Union (“NYSUT”), long time opponents of the real property tax cap, is threatening to test the tax cap’s legitimacy. In a recent article, NYSUT threatened to sue the State over the tax cap in state court. Citing issues with equity and whether democratic processes were followed when the tax cap was enacted, NYSUT’s… Continue Reading
In our last post, we discussed Governor Cuomo’s September 27 press release in which the Governor’s office lauded the success of the property tax cap and the huge long-term benefits it will purportedly provide for the State’s taxpayers. However, in a Background Paper issued on October 9, 2013, the Tax Foundation concluded that the business tax climate of New York State… Continue Reading