Fort Plain Superintendent to write governor
asking for extension of property tax payment deadline
Fort Plain Central School District
Superintendent Douglas C. Burton will send a letter to Gov. Andrew
Cuomo asking for an extension of the property tax payment deadline
by 21 days because of the property damage following the flooding on
June 28. The board passed the resolution that directed the
superintendent to write the letter at its regular meeting on Sept.
If the governor grants the extension, the due
date for property taxes would move from Oct. 2 to Oct. 23 without
penalty or interest.
Real Property Tax Law provides for an
extension of the final date to pay taxes upon request and approval
by the governor as a result of a state disaster emergency. Fort
Plain sits within the area where the governor declared a state
disaster emergency following the flooding. More than 200 properties
sustained damaged during the flood.
This will be the third time since 2006 the
board has passed a resolution directing the superintendent to write
an extension request letter. The governor granted extension requests
in 2006 and again in 2011.
“The most the board can do within Real
Property Tax Law is direct me to write the extension letter, which I
have already drafted,” Mr. Burton said.
“They cannot grant the extension, because only
the governor can do that.”
On Monday, Sept. 9, Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Angelo
Santabarbara held in press conference in Fort Plain to promote
legislation — the Flood Assessment Relief Act of 2013 — that would
allow for properties to be reassessed before the next tax roll.
The current law bases property taxes based on
their pre-flood value. And the under the current law, residents can
get their homes reassessed, but those assessment wouldn’t be used to
calculate taxes until 2014. The proposed legislation would allow
home and business owners to backdate the reduced assessment to June
and receive break on this year’s taxes.
Now that they have introduced the measure,
Tkaczyk and Santabarbara are currently lobbying state Senate and
Assembly leaders to reconvene this fall to work on the issue.
Tkaczyk introduced the measure in the Senate
after the flooding in an effort to give Fort Plain homeowners an
opportunity to have their property reassessed for a break on their
2013 property taxes. Santabarbara then joined her to expand the
measure to include homeowners and businesses in Herkimer, Madison,
Montgomery, Niagara and Oneida.
According to Tkaczyk’s website, the measure
would also hold school districts harmless for the loss of STAR
reimbursement by the state as a result of lowered assessments.