Provides a real property tax exemption for certain members of volunteer fire companies and ambulance services in any county, having a population of more than 155,000 and less than 160,000 as determined in accordance with the latest decennial census, and its municipalities to the extent of ten percent of assessed value of such property, upon the election of the county or municipality.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property tax law, in relation to providing a tax exemption on real property owned by members of volunteer fire companies or voluntary ambulance services in certain counties and municipal corporations therein
PURPOSE: To allow Rensselaer County to provide a ten percent (10%) real property tax exemption for certain volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 466-k (1) provides that an enrolled volunteer firefighter or ambulance worker shall be exempt from real property and school taxation to the extent of 10%, however the exemption is not to exceed $3000 multiplied by the latest state equalization rate for the assessing unit.
Section 466-k (2) provides that this exemption shall apply to members who live in the city, town or village in which they serve on the volunteer squad. The property must be the primary residence of the applicant and used exclusively for residential purposes. The applicant must also be certified by the authority having jurisdiction over the volunteer squad that he or she has been a member for at least five years. The municipality shall have the duty of determining what the procedure will be for certification.
Section 466-k (3) provides that an enrolled member' of a volunteer fire company or ambulance service who accrues more than twenty years of active service shall be granted the ten percent exemption for the remainder of his or her life.
Section 466-k (4) provides that the application for exemption shall be made to the assessor.
Section 466-k (5) provides that no applicant shall suffer any diminution of other benefits due to this article.
JUSTIFICATION: Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers provide a valuable service to their communities. These individuals receive no compensation for their service, yet they commit themselves to helping their community at its time of need. The recruitment and retention of quality volunteer emergency personnel is a critical problem in Rensselaer County and it is the intent of this legislation to provide an incentive for individuals to serve their communities.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2007-2008: A.11147 - Real Property Taxation/S.6481 - Local Governments A.6434 2010
To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law and shall apply to taxable status dates occurring on or after such date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2504--B 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 24, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. McDONALD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government -- recom- mitted to the Committee on Local Government in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the real property tax law, in relation to providing a tax exemption on real property owned by members of volunteer fire companies or voluntary ambulance services in certain counties and municipal corporations therein THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The real property tax law is amended by adding a new section 466-k to read as follows: S 466-K. VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKERS; CERTAIN COUNTIES. 1. REAL PROPERTY OWNED BY AN ENROLLED MEMBER OF AN INCORPORATED VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY, FIRE DEPARTMENT OR INCORPORATED VOLUNTARY AMBULANCE SERVICE OR SUCH ENROLLED MEMBER AND SPOUSE RESIDING IN ANY COUNTY HAVING A POPULATION OF MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE THOUSAND BUT LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED SIXTY THOUSAND AS DETERMINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LATEST DECENNIAL CENSUS, SHALL BE EXEMPT FROM TAXA- TION TO THE EXTENT OF TEN PERCENT OF THE ASSESSED VALUE OF SUCH PROPERTY FOR CITY, VILLAGE, TOWN, PART TOWN, SCHOOL DISTRICT, SPECIAL DISTRICT, OR COUNTY PURPOSES, EXCLUSIVE OF SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS, PROVIDED THAT THE GOVERNING BODY OF A CITY, VILLAGE, TOWN, SCHOOL DISTRICT, OR COUNTY, AFTER A PUBLIC HEARING, ADOPTS A LOCAL LAW, ORDINANCE OR RESOLUTION PROVIDING THEREFOR, PROVIDED FURTHER, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH EXEMPTION SHALL IN NO EVENT EXCEED THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS MULTIPLIED BY THE LATEST STATE EQUALIZATION RATE FOR THE ASSESSING UNIT IN WHICH SUCH REAL PROPERTY IS LOCATED.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01507-06-2 S. 2504--B 2
2. SUCH EXEMPTION SHALL NOT BE GRANTED TO AN ENROLLED MEMBER OF AN INCORPORATED VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY, FIRE DEPARTMENT OR INCORPORATED VOLUNTARY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESIDING IN SUCH COUNTY UNLESS: (A) THE APPLICANT RESIDES IN THE CITY, TOWN, OR VILLAGE WHICH IS SERVED BY SUCH INCORPORATED VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY OR FIRE DEPARTMENT OR INCORPORATED VOLUNTARY AMBULANCE SERVICE; (B) THE PROPERTY IS THE PRIMARY RESIDENCE OF THE APPLICANT; (C) THE PROPERTY IS USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES; PROVIDED HOWEVER, THAT IN THE EVENT ANY PORTION OF SUCH PROPERTY IS NOT USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE APPLICANT'S RESIDENCE BUT IS USED FOR OTHER PURPOSES, SUCH PORTION SHALL BE SUBJECT TO TAXATION AND THE REMAINING PORTION ONLY SHALL BE ENTITLED TO THE EXEMPTION PROVIDED BY THIS SECTION; AND (D) THE APPLICANT HAS BEEN CERTIFIED BY THE AUTHORITY HAVING JURISDIC- TION FOR THE INCORPORATED VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY OR FIRE DEPARTMENT AS AN ENROLLED MEMBER OF SUCH INCORPORATED VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY OR FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS OR THE APPLICANT HAS BEEN CERTIFIED BY THE AUTHORITY HAVING JURISDICTION FOR THE INCORPORATED VOLUNTARY AMBULANCE SERVICE AS AN ENROLLED MEMBER OF SUCH INCORPORATED VOLUNTARY AMBULANCE SERVICE FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS. IT SHALL BE THE DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MUNICIPALITY WHICH ADOPTS A LOCAL LAW, ORDINANCE OR RESOLUTION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION TO DETERMINE THE PROCEDURE FOR CERTIFICATION. 3. ANY ENROLLED MEMBER OF AN INCORPORATED VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY, FIRE DEPARTMENT OR INCORPORATED VOLUNTARY AMBULANCE SERVICE WHO ACCRUES MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS OF ACTIVE SERVICE AND IS SO CERTIFIED BY THE AUTHORITY HAVING JURISDICTION FOR THE INCORPORATED VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY, FIRE DEPARTMENT OR INCORPORATED VOLUNTARY AMBULANCE SERVICE, SHALL BE GRANTED THE TEN PERCENT EXEMPTION AS AUTHORIZED BY THIS SECTION FOR THE REMAIN- DER OF HIS OR HER LIFE AS LONG AS HIS OR HER PRIMARY RESIDENCE IS LOCATED WITHIN SUCH COUNTY PROVIDED THAT THE GOVERNING BODY OF A CITY, VILLAGE, TOWN, SCHOOL DISTRICT, OR COUNTY, AFTER A PUBLIC HEARING, ADOPTS A LOCAL LAW, ORDINANCE OR RESOLUTION PROVIDING THEREFOR. 4. APPLICATION FOR SUCH EXEMPTION SHALL BE FILED WITH THE ASSESSOR OR OTHER AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OR OFFICE DESIGNATED BY THE MUNICIPALITY OFFER- ING SUCH EXEMPTION ON OR BEFORE THE TAXABLE STATUS DATE ON A FORM AS PRESCRIBED BY THE COMMISSIONER. 5. NO APPLICANT WHO IS A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER OR VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKER WHO BY REASON OF SUCH STATUS IS RECEIVING ANY BENEFIT UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION SHALL SUFFER ANY DIMINUTION OF SUCH BENEFIT BECAUSE OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law and shall apply to taxable status dates occurring on or after such date.