SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON REAL PROPERTY TAXATION
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
This hearing will provide a forum for the public, local officials and scholars to discuss the effectiveness of current real property assessment practices in producing fair and equitable assessments across New York State. It will also explore possible legislative changes to the real property tax system that could promote equity and continuity in the assessment process.
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Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, Chair
Assembly Standing Committee on Real Property Taxation
In general, are assessments across New York State uniform and equitable? If not, what actions should New York State take to address this?
Should statewide assessment standards be adopted? If so, what should those standards include?
Are property owners affected when reassessments are not done regularly? What is the impact on property owners when their locality is not assessing at 100 percent of full value?
Are municipalities that are assessing at full value negatively affected by neighboring municipalities that are assessing at a different percentage of full value?
Are there instances where monies from state and federal programs are jeopardized due to lack of the continual reassessments of properties?
What is the impact of the increasing number of real property exemptions on localities and taxpayers?
Have other states imposed standards of assessments on their localities? What effect have these standards had?