senate Bill S5810

2013-2014 Legislative Session

In relation to a privately owned vacant property temporary public benefit use exemption

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to local government
Jun 17, 2013 referred to rules

S5810 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
Real Property Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง481-a, RPT L

S5810 - Bill Texts

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Relates to a privately owned vacant property temporary public benefit use exemption.

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BILL NUMBER:S5810

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property tax law, in relation
to a privately owned vacant property temporary public benefit use
exemption

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide an incentive to property
owners who are not able to develop their lots to instead transform
them into positive amenities for the public to enjoy.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The Real Property Tax Law is amended
by adding a new section 481-a

JUSTIFICATION: It has been shown that community gardens stabilize
neighborhoods and add to the vitality to their immediate surroundings.
:n addition to community gardens, urban farms have, in a short period
of time, proven to be a crucial link in providing fresh food of
different varieties to areas that may not have the kind of access to
fresh food that they should have. Pop-up parks are also a fairly new
urban development that could provide additional open space options.
These and other publicly beneficial uses would be welcome in any
neighborhood and this legislation could provide the necessary
incentive to property owners.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

EFFECTIVE DATE: immediately

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

                                  5810

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 17, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the real property tax law, in relation  to  a  privately
  owned vacant property temporary public benefit use exemption

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

  Section 1. The real property tax  law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 481-a to read as follows:
  S  481-A. PRIVATELY OWNED VACANT PROPERTY TEMPORARY PUBLIC BENEFIT USE
EXEMPTION. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS CHAPTER, WHERE
PRIVATELY OWNED VACANT PROPERTY IS TEMPORARILY USED FOR THE PUBLIC BENE-
FIT IN A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE  SUCH  PROPERTY
MAY  BE  EXEMPT  FROM TAXATION AND AD VALOREM LEVIES FOR AS LONG AS SUCH
REAL PROPERTY SHALL BE LIMITED TO USE FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT FOR A MINI-
MUM OF TWENTY HOURS A WEEK IN THE MONTHS OF NOVEMBER THROUGH  MARCH  AND
TWENTY-FIVE HOURS A WEEK IN THE MONTHS OF APRIL THROUGH OCTOBER.
  2.  THE  TERM "PUBLIC BENEFIT", AS USED IN THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE,
BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, OPEN SPACES, COMMUNITY GARDENS, URBAN  FARMS  AND
POP-UP PARKS.
  3. NO REAL PROPERTY SHALL BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE AN EXEMPTION PURSUANT
TO  THIS  SECTION  IF  THE OWNER OR OPERATOR OF SUCH REAL PROPERTY SHALL
RECEIVE OR MAY BE LAWFULLY ENTITLED TO RECEIVE PECUNIARY PROFIT FROM THE
USE OF SUCH REAL PROPERTY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11158-01-3

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