Authorizes Bay Park fire district to refund and pay a portion of the existing funds in its capital reserve account to the taxpayers of the district.
Ayes (8): Martins, Ball, Little, McDonald, Ritchie, Stewart-Cousins, Oppenheimer, Klein
Ayes (56): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (6): Diaz, Gallivan, Kruger, McDonald, Oppenheimer, Squadron
TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to authorizing the Bay Park fire district to refund and pay a portion of the existing funds in its capital reserve account to the taxpayers of the district
PURPOSE: This measure seeks to allow the Bay Park Fire District to refund and pay a portion of the existing funds in its capital reserve account to the taxpayers of the district.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: See Bill.
JUSTIFICATION: The Bay Park Fire District serves the Bay Park and Hewlett Point communities in the South Shore of Nassau County through a contract with the Village of East Rockaway. In the 1970s the commissioners aspired to become their own fire department and therefore established and funded a capital reserve account in order to do so. Over the years the fund has grown to approximately $200,000. Within the last few years the fire district decided to terminate the pursuit of an autonomous fire district. Despite a desire by the Board of Commissioners to return these funds to the local taxpayers either through a direct refund or reduced taxes, state law currently prohibits such actions. This measure would allow only the Bay Park Fire District to reimburse local taxpayers.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S.7185/A.9116 Referred to Local Government/Passed Assembly
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2131 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 18, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. SKELOS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT in relation to authorizing the Bay Park fire district to refund and pay a portion of the existing funds in its capital reserve account to the taxpayers of the district THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding the provisions set forth in section 6-g of the general municipal law, the Bay Park fire district in the town of Hempstead, county of Nassau, is hereby authorized to transfer any unex- pended funds contained in the district's existing capital reserve fund; to any fund legally established by such district including, but not limited to its general fund in order to provide property tax relief to the property owners of the district. S 2. Such transfer shall be of an amount to be determined by resol- ution of the board of fire commissioners of the district. S 3. This authorization shall apply only to funds placed in the district's capital reserve account prior to the effective date of this act, and any interest thereon. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04208-01-1