senate Bill S799

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires grounds for increasing assessment

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S799 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6218
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Real Property Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง596, RPT L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S8362, A11544

S799 - Bill Texts

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Provides that the lease or conveyance of oil and gas rights shall not, without other evidence of value, such as actual land sale prices, constitute grounds for increasing assessments.

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BILL NUMBER:S799

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the real property tax law, in relation to the lease or
conveyance of oil and gas rights in lands and grounds for increasing
assessments

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this legislation is to
codify a recent directive issued by the Office of Real Property Tax
Services sent to local assessors advising that oil and gas leases
signed by property owners should not be included in land values for
purposes of real property assessments.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Subdivision 2 of section
596 of the real property tax law is amended.

Section 2: Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
According to the Office of Real Property Tax Services (ORPS),
there are several reasons why local
assessors should not include oil and gas leases signed by landowners
when assessing real property.

First, they point out that the leases are speculative and are premised
upon the Department of Environmental Conservation issuing a drilling
permit.

ORPS also points out that while it is possible to separately assess
oil and gas rights, they strongly recommend against doing so.
Separate assessments would require that a short duration in lease be
entered on an assessment roll. Further, should the lease appear as a
parcel and taxes are not paid, the normal enforcement process would
then take place. Given the length of time involved in foreclosure,
the foreclosing authority would necessarily be foreclosing against
the remaining term of the lease, which could be of very short
duration. Separately assessing the lease would also require the
assessor to determine what the value of the lease. A one time payment
for these rights does not establish the value of the lease itself.
According to ORPS, "it would be unsound appraisals practice to assume
that this onetime payment establishes the value of the land subject
to the lease in an open market transaction. It would be even more
unsound to assume these payments establish the market value of other
properties."

Finally, ORPS does advise local assessors to continue to closely
monitor land sales to see if these leases are having an effect on
sales prices, which would then justify an increase in property
assessments.

ORPS, further advises that New York State currently has a program in
place to incorporate oil and gas production into the local property


tax. Local governments and school districts can assess an ad valorum
tax on production of local gas and oil wells.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.8362/A.11544 Referred to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
This legislation will have no fiscal implications for the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                   799

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  YOUNG,  MAZIARZ,  RANZENHOFER  --  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 the lease or
  conveyance of oil and gas rights in lands and grounds  for  increasing
  assessments

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 596 of the real property tax  law,
as  added  by  chapter  846  of  the laws of 1981, is amended to read as
follows:
  2. Prior to production, a lease or other conveyance  of  oil  and  gas
rights  in  land  which is otherwise entitled to an exemption from taxa-
tion, in whole or in part, shall not be considered  dispositive  by  the
assessor  in  determining  whether  that land is used exclusively for an
exempt purpose. A LEASE OR OTHER CONVEYANCE OF OIL AND GAS RIGHTS  SHALL
NOT,  WITHOUT  OTHER EVIDENCE OF VALUE, SUCH AS ACTUAL LAND SALE PRICES,
CONSTITUTE GROUNDS TO INCREASE AN ASSESSMENT.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02686-01-1

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