senate Bill S5370

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to expanding eligibility of privately owned forest land for a partial real property tax exemption

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Local Government Committee

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to local government
Mar 03, 2021 referred to local government


S5370 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
Real Property Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §480-a, RPT L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:

S5370 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Expands eligibility of privately owned forest land for a partial real property tax exemption; reduces the amount of acreage needed to qualify from 50 to 25 acres.

S5370 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5370 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                               March 3, 2021
 Introduced by Sen. OBERACKER -- 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 eligibility of
   privately owned forest land for a real property tax exemption
   Section 1. Paragraph (e) of subdivision 1 of section 480-a of the real
 property tax law, as amended by chapter 428 of  the  laws  of  1987,  is
 amended to read as follows:
   (e) "Eligible tract" shall mean a tract of privately owned forest land
 of  at  least  [fifty]  TWENTY-FIVE  contiguous  acres, exclusive of any
 portion thereof not devoted to the production of forest  crops,  TIMBER,
 Lands divided by federal, state, county  or  town  roads,  easements  or
 rights-of-way,  or  energy  transmission corridors or similar facilities
 will be considered contiguous  for  purposes  of  this  section,  unless
 vehicular access for forest management purposes is precluded. Lands from
 which  a  merchantable  forest crop has been cut or removed within three
 years prior to the time of  application  for  certification  under  this
 section  will  be  ineligible  unless such cutting or removal was accom-
 plished under a forest management [program] PLAN designed to provide for
 the continuing production of merchantable forest crops.
   § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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