Saturday, May 14, 2011

Schenectady Tops, Long Island Last in New York Region Tax Burden Ranking


Property owners in the city of Schenectady pay the highest effective tax rates in the Capital Region -- a total burden that is nearly twice the regional median, according to a new comparative database of local taxes released today by the Empire Center.

 Click here for The New “Property Taxes by Location” tool provided by seethroughny.net
The Benchmarking New York tool features two searchable databases with multiple ways to analyze and compare data for different communities

The Empire Center has ranked the “Top 20” and “Bottom 20” effective tax rates for 2010 in every region
of the state, along with a ranking of effective tax rates in cities. With New Yorkers preparing to vote on
school budget propositions next Tuesday, the Center also has developed an Internet-based tool allowing
taxpayers to compute and compare total school district, municipal and county tax burdens across the
state. The rankings are based on data from the state comptroller’s office and exclude New York City and Nassau County, which use complex property classification systems that can make the effective tax rates especially misleading.

Schenectady’s average effective tax rate came to $39.57 per $1,000 of property value, compared to a
Capital Region median of $21.97 and a statewide median of $27.43. The lowest effective property tax rate
in the Capital Region was in the town of Edinburgh. The Edinburgh rate averaged just $7.15 per $1,000.
In general, as the rankings indicate, New York’s highest effective property tax rates are imposed in cities
and rural areas with low property values, while the lowest effective rates are found in resort communities
and wealthy areas with very high property values.

Tim Hoefer, director of the Empire Center, said today’s report and the new property tax search tool
linked on the “Benchmarking NY” tab at the Center’s SeeThroughNY.net website present property tax
burdens in much finer detail than the Tax Foundation’s widely publicized national ranking of tax
burdens at the county level, which are based on U.S. Census surveys.

“Many New York towns and cities contain parts of multiple school districts and villages, which means
there are literally thousands of different combinations of taxing jurisdictions to compare,” Hoefer noted.
“Our web tool makes it possible for users to drill down to a specific school district in a particular town,
and to easily compare multiple jurisdictions. Since school districts typically represent the largest portion
of property tax bills, we believe it is especially useful to have the data available in advance of budget
votes on May 17.”

Highlights of the report’s findings include the following:
• Residents of the Village of Wellsville in New York’s Southern Tier bear the state’s heaviest
property tax burden, with an effective rate of $62.20 per $1,000, which is more than double the
regional median.
• The lowest-taxed community in the state is the Village of Sagaponack in Long Island’s
Hamptons, which had an effective rate of just $1.32.
• Fulton, in Oswego County, is the most heavily taxed city in New York, with an effective rate of
$51.14.
• The Rye School District portion of the City of Rye in Westchester County is the lowest-taxed
area within cities, with an effective rate of $15.68.

BenchmarkingNY’s popular local government budget and revenue comparison tool, which allows
users to view and compare spending between local governments and school districts, excluding only
New York City, has also been updated to include the most current data available.

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Published by Empire Center for New York State Policy

1 comment:

Tax Crisis said...

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Long Island Property taxes most important issue, say LIers

No surprise here ! To stop this ridiculous rise in property taxes we have to educate our fellow LIers and contact your representative that they should demand Speaker Silver respond to the pleas of homeowners across the state and support a property tax cap in New York. It has already passed the senate but is being stalled in the Assembly by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Also this year we are seeing some enormous rise in property taxes in school districts such as
William Floyd 12.47% and Seaford 8.99%. Some school districts such as Middle country is resorting to blackmailing its residents. The deal for districts residents is either approved a 6.68% increase or the district is going to force 21.61% increase in tax levy.


Published by THOMAS MAIER at Newsday

By a wide margin, property taxes are the most important issue facing Long Islanders, according to a Newsday / News 12 Long Island / Siena Research Institute Poll. Property taxes were cited overall by 45 percent of respondents, more than twice the 21 percent who cited "availability of good jobs" as the second most pressing issue for Long Islanders. "Property taxes are really an issue here because it keeps the young people from staying on Long Island and it will prevent the older people from staying, too," Tafuri explained.

Property taxes also are a large part of why the 57 percent of those polled said Long Islanders are headed in the "wrong direction" rather than the "right track" in the poll. A similar margin said New York State was headed in the wrong direction as well.

Property taxes are a particularly raw issue in Nassau County, where 53 percent cited them as the biggest issue, compared to 36 percent in Suffolk. Islandwide, Republicans and people 55 years or older complained about property taxes the most. "The Democrats love to spend money and they have to get it from the taxpayers," said one poll respondent, a retired Republican who lives on Nassau County's South Shore.

School costs - the biggest part of property tax bills - were also on the minds of Long Islanders who cited "the quality of public schools" among their top concerns. "The first thing I would do is eliminate tenure for teachers in public schools to cut costs," said another poll respondent, a 50-year-old Garden City man who is a Republican and who did not want to give his name. Although he was happy that his two children attending local schools got a good education there, he said his family's property tax bill has been overwhelming.

Property taxes hit a chord with all respondents, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, location or party affiliation. In addition to identifying the most important issue, the poll underlined the intensity of Long Islanders' general feelings about property taxes, with 86 percent calling the issue "very important" and 11 percent as "somewhat important." Crime, schools, good jobs and health care also received strong reactions, with traffic congestion and the local environment getting milder reactions.