Farm Progress is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Serving: United States

N.Y. Land Owners Get Tax Relief

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer signed legislation providing tax relief to property owners who sustained significant damage from last summer's floods. In June and July, severe flooding hit many areas of upstate New York, including Central New York, the Southern Tier and the Mohawk Valley.

A federal disaster was declared for 20 counties. The State Emergency Management Office estimated that, in the hardest-hit counties - Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, Tioga and Ulster - more than 8,600 homes were destroyed or received significant damage.

The Flood Assessment Relief Act of 2007 will provide the 20 hardest-hit counties with the option of allowing property owners in flood-impacted municipalities to seek reductions in their assessed property value.

"This act, together with a $5 million appropriation included in the 2007-2008 State Budget, this act will provided much needed relief for property owners and the municipalities hardest hit by the devastating floods of last summer," Governor Spitzer said.

In the taxing jurisdictions that choose to participate, those taxpayers whose properties were "catastrophically impacted" by the flooding – those who lost at least 50% of the value – would be entitled to seek adjustment of the properties' assessed value either by seeking review by the Board of Assessment Review or by seeking administrative correction of the tax roll.

Hide comments
account-default-image

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish