Repeals certain provisions relating to limitations on amounts to be raised for the repair and improvement of highways by tax levy upon the vote of a town board.
Ayes (51): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Robach, Sampson, Savino, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (12): Ball, Espaillat, Gianaris, Gipson, Hassell-Thomps, Krueger, Parker, Rivera, Sanders, Serrano, Stavisky, Tkaczyk
TITLE OF BILL: An act to repeal section 271 of the highway law relating to limitations on amounts to be raised for the repair and improvement of highways by tax levy upon the vote of a town board
PURPOSE GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Repeals the annual cap on the amount of tax dollars that municipalities can spend on equipment for the improvement of highways.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 repeals Section 271 of the highway law.
Section 2 sets an immediate effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: In 1936, the State enacted a law which set annual caps on the amount of money a town could raise in taxes to spend on repair and improvement projects of highways and the equipment needed for such repairs include plows, power rollers, concrete mixers and machines for grading and scraping roads. While the tax levy was a sufficient base to cover the costs of the equipment in the years following this law's enactment, the current law hampers the town's ability to provide necessary services.
Equipment needed for improvements inevitably costs substantially more than they did since this law's enactment and subsequent additions and restricting the money raised by the tax levy makes it difficult to update or purchase necessary equipment. This bill repeals this antiquated and now unnecessary law.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4056 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 6, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. MARTINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to repeal section 271 of the highway law relating to limitations on amounts to be raised for the repair and improvement of highways by tax levy upon the vote of a town board THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 271 of the highway law is REPEALED. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09585-01-3