senate Bill S167

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Exempts certain assessors in small municipalities from having to file financial disclosure statements

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to local government
Jan 05, 2011 referred to local government

S167 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1353
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
Real Property Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง334, RPT L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S7490, A987

S167 - Bill Texts

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Exempts certain assessors in small municipalities from having to file financial disclosure statements.

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BILL NUMBER:S167

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property tax law, in relation
to exempting assessors from small municipalities from having to file
financial disclosure statements

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To exempt assessors employed by
municipalities of under 50,000 inhabitants from having to file
mandatory financial disclosure.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill amends Chapter 548 of the
laws of 2003 to exempt assessors in assessing units or consolidated
assessing units in New York State with under 50,000 in population from
its mandatory financial disclosure provisions.

JUSTIFICATION: Chapter 548 of the Laws of 2003 created a state
mandate on local governments to require local municipal officials,
namely assessors, to file financial disclosure statements. This bill
would exempt most assessors from having to file such financial
disclosure. communities already have the ability under local home rule
powers to require financial disclosure statements to be filed by their
officers and employees. Across New York State there are hundreds of
small municipalities that employ part-time assessors or share
assessors with other jurisdictions. The problems with assessment
practices in NYC which caused the enactment of Chapter 548 of the laws
of 2003 are not the same in the vast majority of jurisdictions outside
New York city. Many of these assessors earn a very small portion of
their total income from their assessing duties and without relief from
financial disclosure requirements they may elect not to continue in
their assessing positions. This could create a severe loss of
qualified personnel. To alleviate this problem this bill exempts
assessors in assessing units or consolidated assessing units under
50,000 in population from having to file financial disclosure
statements. It would not, however, prohibit localities from mandating
some form of financial disclosure from their assessors if they were
concerned about this issue.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.2427 of 2007 referred to real property
taxation 01/09/2008 referred to real property taxation 05/13/2008 held
for consideration in real property taxation 2005 Referred to Real
Property
S.7490/A.987 of 2009-2010; Referred to Local Government

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect immediately.

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

                                   167

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government

AN ACT to amend the real property tax  law,  in  relation  to  exempting
  assessors  from  small  municipalities  from  having to file financial
  disclosure statements

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

  Section  1. Subdivision 3 of section 334 of the real property tax law,
as added by chapter 548 of the laws of  2003,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  3.  Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision one of this section,
the provisions of section three hundred thirty-six of this  title  shall
apply  to  every  assessing unit and consolidated assessing unit in this
state WITH POPULATIONS OF FIFTY THOUSAND OR MORE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01226-01-1

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