Assembly Passes Skartados’ Bill to Protect Marlboro School District Taxpayers

June 16, 2009

Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Milton) said the Assembly has passed his legislation that would help protect taxpayers in the Marlboro Central School District from rapidly increasing assessments because of changes in the assessed value of the Danskammer and Roseton power plants (A.6700).As has occurred in other parts of the State, after these power plants were sold by public utilities to private power producing consortiums, the new owners moved to significantly reduce the assessed value of both plants. The power plant owners have succeeded, which means that taxing jurisdictions in which the power plants are located, such as Marlboro Central School District, will have to reimburse for past overpayments going back as far as 2002.

Skartados’ legislation would allow for the recalculation of state school aid for the Marlboro School District for the same period of time. Skartados noted that since state school aid for these years was based on the property taxes collected, it is critical, now that the school must reimburse the power plants’ owners, that the state aid be recalculated to provide more aid and lessen the burden on the local property taxpayers.

“The school district has appeared to be very wealthy because of the power plants and that has lowered the state aid they’ve received in the past,” said Skartados. “Now, because the district will have to make reimbursements to the power plant owners, we need to make sure the school district and its taxpayers aren’t unfairly bearing the brunt of this situation.”

The bill also allows the school district to bond up to $11 million to spread out the cost of this new obligation over a 30-year period.

Skartados noted that the bill still needs to be passed in the Senate and signed by the governor before it becomes law.

“I’m hopeful that this legislation will be acted on by the Senate and governor very soon,” said Skartados. “It’s this type of legislation that directly impacts our taxpayers that shouldn’t be held hostage by politics.”

Source: NYS Assembly

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