Directs state aid to be payable to any municipal corporation or special district that contains land in the counties of Cayuga, Seneca and Wayne comprising the northern Montezuma wildlife management area.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public lands law, in relation to the payment of state aid on account of state lands in the counties of Cayuga, Seneca and Wayne comprising the northern Montezuma wildlife management area
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to provide for the payment of State aid to State lands under the jurisdiction of the DEC located in the counties of Cayuga, Seneca and Wayne comprising the Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Bill section one would provide for the payment of State aid on State lands under the jurisdiction of the DEC located in the counties of Cayuga, Seneca and Wayne comprising the Northern Montezuma wildlife Management Area. The amount of State aid would be determined by applying the annual tax relief rate(s) for each taxing district in which the property is located to the assessed value of the lands as entered on the 1999 town assessment rolls, adjusted for any change in the level of assessment. Payments would be made on lands now owned by the State and also on lands that are acquired· in the future.
Bill section 2 would make the bill effective immediately and provide that the first payment of State aid would be based upon assessment rolls completed in the year 2004.
EXISTING LAW: Sections 19a and 19b of the Public Lands Law currently provide for the payment of State aid on account of certain State lands, and sections 532, 534 and 536 of the Real Property Tax Law make certain State lands taxable for some or all local government purposes. However, none of those sections apply to state lands in the counties of Cayuga, Seneca or Wayne comprising the Northern Montezuma wildlife Management Area.
JUSTIFICATION: The lands that would be the subject of State aid payments are clearly of a Statewide benefit. The Northern Montezuma wildlife Management Area (NMWMA) is an important part of the very unique Montezuma Wetlands Complex and is included in one of only six State Bird Conservation Areas. The entire Complex totals 16,779 acres of land and is managed through the cooperative effort of DEC, the United States Fish and wildlife Service and private individuals and organizations. DEC manages approximately 6,450 acres.
The NMWMA, along with the remainder of the complex, provides critical habitat for resident and migratory water birds, songbirds, raptors and other wildlife including many rare and protected species such as the endangered peregrine falcon, black tern and short-eared owl, the threatened bald eagle, pied-billed grebe, least bittern and northern harrier, and the American bittern, osprey and cerulean warbler which are of special concern. The area also is one of the most significant stopover and foraging locations for shorebirds in upstate New York,
regularly hosting 1,000 or more of such individuals from over 25 species. Moreover, the area also supports breeding colonies of great blue herons and black-crowned night herons, and hosts one of the largest fall swallow concentrations in the state. In addition to providing habitat to scores of wildlife, the area provides recreation, education and interpretive opportunities to an estimated 150,000 visitors annually, including 10,000 children on school trips. with the completion of the recently announced Crusoe center, these opportunities will be significantly expanded in the future.
Despite the many state-wide benefits provided by the area, the impact of the current status of the lands as exempt from real property taxation falls solely on the owners of taxable real property within the municipalities. This bill would remedy this situation by providing state aid payments based upon the applicable local tax rate(s) in any given year, as applied against the assessments of those lands on the 1999 final assessment roll of the town(s) in which the lands are located payments would be made on the lands now owned by the state, such as those mentioned above, as well as on future acquisitions under the jurisdiction of DEC.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.6166 of 2004 S.1947 of 2005/2006 S.326 of 2007/2008 S.3277 of 2009/2010
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Based upon 1999-2000 school tax rates, and 2000 county and town tax rates, it is estimated that the amount of state aid that would be due under this bill would be approximately $86,000.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4914 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 29, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations AN ACT to amend the public lands law, in relation to the payment of state aid on account of state lands in the counties of Cayuga, Seneca and Wayne comprising the northern Montezuma wildlife management area THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public lands law is amended by adding a new section 19-c to read as follows: S 19-C. STATE AID; STATE LANDS COMPRISING THE NORTHERN MONTEZUMA WILD- LIFE MANAGEMENT AREA. 1. STATE AID SHALL BE PAYABLE ANNUALLY, AS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION, TO ANY MUNICIPAL CORPORATION OR SPECIAL DISTRICT, AS SUCH TERMS ARE DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED TWO OF THE REAL PROPERTY TAX LAW AND HEREINAFTER COLLECTIVELY REFERRED TO AS "TAX DISTRICT", THAT CONTAINS LAND IN THE COUNTIES OF CAYUGA, SENECA AND WAYNE COMPRISING THE NORTHERN MONTEZUMA WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA OWNED BY THE STATE AND UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRON- MENTAL CONSERVATION. 2. THE STATE AID SO PAYABLE SHALL BE EQUAL TO THE TAXES THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN IMPOSED BY APPLYING THE CURRENT TAX RATE FOR THE TAX DISTRICT TO THE ASSESSMENT OF THE LAND IN THE DISTRICT, EXCLUSIVE OF IMPROVE- MENTS, UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSER- VATION APPEARING ON THE APPROPRIATE TOWN ASSESSMENT ROLL COMPLETED IN TWO THOUSAND THREE, WHENEVER ACQUIRED BY THE STATE, ADJUSTED FOR ANY CHANGE IN LEVEL OF ASSESSMENT. 3. STATE AID SHALL BE PAYABLE UPON APPLICATION OF THE COUNTY TREASURER ON BEHALF OF THE TAX DISTRICTS TO THE STATE COMPTROLLER ON A FORM PRESCRIBED BY THE STATE COMPTROLLER CONTAINING SUCH INFORMATION AS THE STATE COMPTROLLER SHALL REQUIRE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and the first payment of state aid shall be based upon assessment rolls completed in 2011.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00600-01-1