senate Bill S1056

2013-2014 Legislative Session

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

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S1056 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A340
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
Real Property Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง334, RPT L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S167, A1353
2009-2010: S7490, A987

S1056 - 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:S1056

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
S.167/A.1353 of 2011-2012; 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1056

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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.
                                                           LBD00170-01-3

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