senate Bill S6609

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Decreases the allowable base percentage change in agriculture assessment value from ten percent to two percent of the preceding year

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Jun 18, 2012 referred to agriculture
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Mar 29, 2012 advanced to third reading
Mar 28, 2012 2nd report cal.
Mar 27, 2012 1st report cal.456
Mar 02, 2012 referred to agriculture

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S6609 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9499
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง304-a, Ag & Mkts L

S6609 - Bill Texts

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Decreases the allowable base percentage change in agriculture assessment value from ten percent to two percent of the preceding year.

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BILL NUMBER:S6609

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to agricultural
assessment values

PURPOSE:
This bill amends the agriculture and markets law in relation to
agricultural assessments by reducing the cap on the amount of change
that may occur in the value of the base agricultural assessment value
from ten percent to two percent of the value of the preceding year.

SUMMARY:
Section one amends the agriculture and markets law, section 304-a (g)
by reducing the cap in the amount of change in the base agricultural
assessment value for any given year from ten percent to two percent
of the base agricultural assessment value of the preceding year.

Section two provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Farmers have been seeing alarming increases in their property taxes
for farmland because of increases in their farmland assessments or
"agricultural assessments". New York established its agricultural
assessment program to keep rising property assessments, particularly
in high pressure development areas, from forcing farmers out of
business and eroding acres of open, working green space from the
State's landscape.

Agricultural assessments have been increasing because the 'base rate"
per farm acre utilized in the assessment formula - or the starting
point for assessing farm land - has been rising. Even under a 2%
property tax cap, farmland property taxes can still see significant
increases even when the local municipal tax rate stays low. While the
tax rate may not increase, the higher assessed values will be the
factor that drives farmland property taxes higher until they reach
unsustainable levels.

Currently, there is a 10% cap in place which is mitigating extreme and
forceful increases in base rate values, but this is only a minor
moderation. Agricultural assessments have and are
projected to continue to increase above the 10% cap for the
foreseeable future and will force many farm families to reconsider
their ability to operate in New York State.

As a land-intensive business, New York has one of the highest property
tax burdens in the nation which puts the State at a distinct
disadvantage with other states. The average property tax per farm
acre of $26.21 is far higher than the national average of $6.75 per
farm acre and even higher than California which is $25.18 per farm
acre. A 2% tax cap on annual agricultural assessment increases will
keep New York's family farms on their land and maintain the
nutritious, high quality local food network that the State's
consumers expect.


HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to State.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  6609

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 2, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  RITCHIE,  GRIFFO, YOUNG -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agricul-
  ture

AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to agricul-
  tural assessment values

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

  Section  1. Paragraph g of subdivision 4 of section 304-a of the agri-
culture and markets law, as added by chapter 68 of the laws of 2007,  is
amended to read as follows:
  g.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this section to the contra-
ry, in no event shall the change in  the  base  agricultural  assessment
value  for  any given year exceed [ten] TWO percent of the base agricul-
tural assessment value of the preceding year.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.







 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14442-01-2

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