Assemblyman Skoufis’ Bill Passes to Force State to Pay Taxes on Goosepond Mountain Park, Bring Funding to Chester, Blooming Grove

June 20, 2018

Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) announced that legislation he authored requiring the state to pay local property taxes on Goosepond Mountain State Park passed the Assembly this week (A.7952). Currently, the state pays taxes on every park under the jurisdiction of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission – except Goosepond Mountain State Park. Upon discovering this omission, Skoufis introduced a bill to correct the situation.

“Our schools and towns rely on property taxes to hire quality teachers and provide necessary services,” Skoufis said. “Simply put, Chester and Blooming Grove are being shortchanged by the state and local taxpayers are being wrongly forced to make up the difference. My legislation fixes that oversight and ensures we get our fair share.”

An estimated $100,000 in additional revenue is expected to be generated annually for Chester and Blooming Grove with Goosepond Mountain Park on the tax rolls. The Senate has taken up and passed Skoufis’ bill as well; it heads to the Governor for his signature later this year.

“We in Chester are always looking for ways to help us keep taxes down while continuing to provide a high-level of services,” explained Councilman Ryan Wensley (R-Chester). “I sincerely thank Assemblyman Skoufis for his common-sense measure that will correct a longstanding wrong and force the state to pay its fair share to our community.”