Stec Voices Concerns of Local Adirondack Communities at Joint Budget Hearing
Assemblyman Dan Stec (R,C,I-Queensbury) pressed New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos yesterday at the Joint Budget Hearing on Environmental Conservation. Stec voiced his concerns with the governor’s proposed changes to the way the state pays property taxes on the Forever Wild lands in both the Adirondack and Catskill state parks. The new plan would break a nearly century-old system, where the state would pay taxes based on values reached by local assessors. The new process would eliminate this system in favor of a PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) program where the increased property tax payments would be limited to the property tax cap, two percent, or the rate of inflation, whichever is the lower cost.
“We have serious concerns that this proposal could place financial burdens on the backs of taxpayers,” said Stec. “This PILOT proposal could easily result in a loss of revenue from state-owned lands and a shift of the tax burden to the remaining taxpayers. I will continue to fight this proposal in future budget negotiations. North Country residents already have high property taxes, we do not need to be placing higher costs on them.”