Supervisor ARGOTSINGER offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION OPPOSING GOVERNOR CUOMO’S PROPOSAL CONTAINED IN THE 2018 BUDGET REVIEW BILL TO CHANGE THE LAW REGARDING TAXATION OF STATE FOREST PRESERVE LANDS FROM THE CURRENT LOCALLY ASSESSED SYSTEM TO A PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES (“PILOT”) SYSTEM ADMINISTERED AND CONTROLLED SOLELY BY THE STATE OF NEW YORK

WHEREAS, New York State-owned lands are currently assessed by each local municipality substantially the same way as is private land and current law provides that this is the exclusive province of the municipality and its local assessors; and

WHEREAS, the Governor’s 2018 Budget Review Bill proposes to change the local assessment of state forest preserve lands in the Adirondacks and Catskills from the current locally assessed system to a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) method capped at 2% per year, or the increase in the level of assessment by means of an allowable levy growth factor, whichever is lower; and

WHEREAS, this method will be centrally controlled by the state, and be based upon a formula, rather than increases or decreases in the actual market value of the lands as is the current methodology; and

WHEREAS, this proposal will result in the loss of revenue by the local municipalities and will shift the tax burden to local tax payers; and

WHEREAS, recent state land purchases in the Adirondacks has increased state ownership to more than 2.6 million acres of the 6 million acre Adirondack Park; and

WHEREAS, the State controls an additional 800,000 acres by State conservation easements purchased in the last 40 years; and

WHEREAS, Fulton County and its municipalities are concerned by change from the current means of assessing state forest preserve lands on Ad Valorem basis to a capped PILOT system will be the first step to phasing our payments of forest preserve lands to local municipalities and school districts which would catastrophically affect the ability of the municipalities and school districts to function and is considered as one more mechanism by the state to insure that business and development is curtailed in the Adirondack Park eventually resulting in the migration of the population from the Park; now, therefore be it 39 Resolution No. 115 (Continued)

RESOLVED, That the Fulton County Board of Supervisors is opposed to the 2018 Budget Review proposal to convert forest preserve taxation from the current municipal based assessment method to a capped Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program and urges the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo to continue the current means of assessment of state forest preserve lands by the local municipalities; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Treasurer, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator James Tedisco, Assemblyman Marc Butler, New York State Association of Counties, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Charles Schumer, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, DEC Region 5 Director Bob Stegemann, Inter-County Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks, Adirondack Park Agency, Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, and Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board.

Seconded by Supervisor LAURIA and adopted by the following vote:

TOTAL: Ayes: 18 Nays: 0 Absent: 2 (Supervisors Groff and Waldron)

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