senate Bill S4937A

Provides for payment of state aid on account of state lands in the counties of Cayuga, Seneca and Wayne comprising the northern Montezuma wildlife management area

download pdf

Sponsor

Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
view actions

actions

  • 01 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 17 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 17 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 4937A

Summary

Directs state aid to be payable to any municipal corporation or special district that contains land in the counties of Cayuga, Seneca and Wayne comprising the northern Montezuma wildlife management area.

do you support this bill?

Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8996
Versions:
S4937
S4937A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Public Lands Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง19-c, Pub Lds L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S4914, A8011
2009-2010: S3277, A5573
2007-2008: A3573

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4937A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public lands law, in relation to
the payment of state aid on account of state lands in the counties of
Cayuga, Seneca and Wayne comprising the northern Montezuma wildlife
management area

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to provide for the payment of
State aid to State lands under the jurisdiction of the DEC located in
the counties of Cayuga, Seneca and Wayne comprising the Northern
Montezuma Wildlife Management Area.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Bill section one would provide for the payment
of State aid on State lands under the jurisdiction of the DEC located
in the counties of Cayuga, Seneca and Wayne comprising the Northern
Montezuma wildlife Management Area. The amount of State aid would be
determined by applying the annual tax relief rate(s) for each taxing
district in which the property is located to the assessed value of the
lands as entered on the 1999 town assessment rolls, adjusted for any
change in the level of assessment. Payments would be made on lands now
owned by the State and also on lands that are acquired in the future.

Bill section 2 would make the bill effective immediately and provide
that the first payment of State aid would be based upon assessment
rolls completed in the year 2014.

EXISTING LAW:

Sections 19a and 19b of the Public Lands Law currently provide for the
payment of State aid on account of certain State lands, and sections
532, 534 and 536 of the Real Property Tax Law make certain State lands
taxable for some or all local government purposes. However, none of
those sections apply to state lands in the counties of Cayuga, Seneca
or Wayne comprising the Northern Montezuma wildlife Management Area.

JUSTIFICATION: The lands that would be the subject of State aid
payments are clearly of a Statewide benefit. The Northern Montezuma
wildlife Management Area (NMWMA) is an important part of the very
unique Montezuma Wetlands Complex and is included in one of only six
State Bird Conservation Areas. The entire Complex totals 16,779 acres
of land and is managed through the cooperative effort of DEC, the
United States Fish and wildlife Service and private individuals and
organizations. DEC manages approximately 6,450 acres.

The NMWMA, along with the remainder of the complex, provides critical
habitat for resident and migratory water birds, songbirds, raptors and
other wildlife including many rare and protected species such as the
endangered peregrine falcon, black tern and short-eared owl, the
threatened bald eagle, pied-billed grebe, least bittern and northern
harrier, and the 7k.merican bittern, osprey and cerulean warbler which
are of special concern. The area also is one of the most significant
stopover and foraging locations for shorebirds in upstate New York,
regularly hosting 1,000 or more of such individuals from over 25
species. Moreover, the area also supports breeding colonies of great
blue herons and black-crowned night herons, and hosts one of the
largest fall swallow concentrations in the state. In addition to
providing habitat to scores of wildlife, the area provides recreation,


education and interpretive opportunities to an estimated 150,000
visitors annually, including 10,000 children on school trips with the
completion of the recently announced Crusoe center, these
opportunities will be significantly expanded in the future.

Despite the many state-wide benefits provided by the area, the impact
of the current status of the lends as exempt from real property
taxation falls solely on the owners of taxable real property within
the municipalities. This bill would remedy this situation by providing
state aid payments based upon the applicable local tax rate(s) in any
given year, as applied against the assessments of those lands on the
1999 final assessment roll of the town(s) in which the lands are
located payments would be made on the lands now owned by the state,
such as those mentioned above, as well as on future acquisitions under
the jurisdiction of DEC.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.6166 of 2004 S.1947 of 2005/2006 S.326 of 2007/2008 S.3277 of
2009/2010 S.4914 of 2011/2012

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Eased upon 1999-2000 school tax rates, and 2000
county and town tax rates, it is estimated that the amount of state
aid that would be due under this bill would be approximately $86,000.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

view bill text
                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 4937--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations -- recommitted to the Committee on Investigations  and
  Government  Operations  in  accordance  with  Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  public lands law, in relation to the payment of
  state aid on account of state lands in the counties of Cayuga,  Seneca
  and Wayne comprising the northern Montezuma wildlife management area

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The public lands law is amended by  adding  a  new  section
19-c to read as follows:
  S 19-C. STATE AID; STATE LANDS COMPRISING THE NORTHERN MONTEZUMA WILD-
LIFE  MANAGEMENT  AREA.    1.  STATE  AID  SHALL BE PAYABLE ANNUALLY, AS
PROVIDED IN THIS  SECTION,  TO  ANY  MUNICIPAL  CORPORATION  OR  SPECIAL
DISTRICT,  AS  SUCH  TERMS ARE DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED TWO OF THE
REAL PROPERTY TAX LAW AND HEREINAFTER COLLECTIVELY REFERRED TO  AS  "TAX
DISTRICT",  THAT  CONTAINS  LAND  IN  THE COUNTIES OF CAYUGA, SENECA AND
WAYNE COMPRISING THE NORTHERN MONTEZUMA WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT  AREA  OWNED
BY  THE  STATE  AND UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRON-
MENTAL CONSERVATION.
  2. THE STATE AID SO PAYABLE SHALL BE EQUAL TO  THE  TAXES  THAT  WOULD
HAVE  BEEN IMPOSED BY APPLYING THE CURRENT TAX RATE FOR THE TAX DISTRICT
TO THE ASSESSMENT OF THE LAND IN THE  DISTRICT,  EXCLUSIVE  OF  IMPROVE-
MENTS, UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSER-
VATION  APPEARING  ON  THE APPROPRIATE TOWN ASSESSMENT ROLL COMPLETED IN
TWO THOUSAND THREE, WHENEVER ACQUIRED BY THE  STATE,  ADJUSTED  FOR  ANY
CHANGE IN LEVEL OF ASSESSMENT.
  3. STATE AID SHALL BE PAYABLE UPON APPLICATION OF THE COUNTY TREASURER
ON  BEHALF  OF  THE  TAX  DISTRICTS  TO  THE STATE COMPTROLLER ON A FORM

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01650-02-4

S. 4937--A                          2

PRESCRIBED BY THE STATE COMPTROLLER CONTAINING SUCH INFORMATION  AS  THE
STATE COMPTROLLER SHALL REQUIRE.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately and the first payment of
state aid shall be based upon assessment rolls completed in 2014.

Comments

Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the nysenate.gov domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.