senate Bill S2866A
(R) 24th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Limits, in cities having a population of one million or more, the annual increase in real property taxes.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the general municipal law and the municipal home rule
law, in relation to establishing limitations upon real property tax
levies in cities with a population of one million or more
This bill would control the ever-rising property tax by limiting the
amount by which the City of New York may increase property taxes each
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill would add a new § 3-d to the General Municipal Law
to establish a real property tax levy cap for New York City.
Under the property tax levy cap:
* New York City may not its property tax levy by more than 2 percent or
the rate of inflation (whichever is less).
* New York City may exceed the tax levy cap only if the City Council, by
a two-thirds vote by local law overriding the tax levy cap.
* The cap will have limited exceptions including:
o Personal injury settlements that exceed 10 percent of the taxing enti-
o Certain capital expenditures; and
o The increase or decrease in the city cost of state mandated social
services assistance to persons eligible for public assistance (including
those programs Temporary Assistance to Needy Families ("TANF") program,
or the Safety Net Assistance Program ("SNAP")).
o The State Comptroller will determine the tax levy limitations for
local governments that are consolidated or dissolved.
o Any excess levy funds that are collected due to clerical or technical
errors will be held in reserve.
New York property taxes are among the highest taxes in the nation. When
you combine State and local taxes, New York has the second highest prop-
erty taxes in the nation. The median U.S. property tax paid is $1,917
and in New York it is $3,755--96 percent higher than the national medi-
an. Moreover, New York has the highest local taxes in America as a
percentage of personal income--79 percent above the national average.
New York City residents are looking for relief from high property tax
increases. Such increases jeopardize their quality of life and the abil-
ity to stay in their homes. This bill would limit, New York City's abil-
ity to raise property levies, up to 2%. This bill will relieve taxpayers
from unexpected high property tax increases.
This measure will force the City to budget more responsibly without
looking at property taxpayers as a way to balance its budget. This
proposal will allow property owners to budget for their property taxes.
It will also prevent city government from burdening the people with
outrageous increases. By limiting future increases, families _ and espe-
cially those on fixed incomes -- would have a much better sense of what
they need to budget. This bill will also help reign in out of control
This bill would benefit taxpayers in the City of New York by limiting
the annual amount of real property taxes the City can levy.
2011: S.2086 - Reported and Committed to Finance/A.4741- Ways and Means
This act shall take effect immediately and shall first apply to the levy
of taxes by cities having a population of one million or more for the
fiscal year that begins in 2013.
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