Tenney: Give Flood Victims A Break

Lawmaker supports extension of the Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee Assessment Relief Act
March 2, 2012
From left to right, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Assemblyman Pete Lopez, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney and Assemblyman James Tedisco.
Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R,C,I-New Hartford) today joined Senator John Bonacic (42nd Senate District), Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie), Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and other state legislators to support a bill that would provide real property tax relief for flood-impacted communities and property owners (A.9191). Because 2011 property taxes were paid on pre-flood property assessments, taxpayers are paying an unfairly high amount of property taxes on devastated homes and businesses.

“Flood victims have suffered from the destruction caused by last year’s storms. It is unfair to demand inflated property tax payments on homes that some families can’t sleep in,” said Tenney. “These disastrous floods affected communities along the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers and in low-watershed areas, including the towns of Paris, New Hartford, Westmoreland and Kirkland, and left families and business owners struggling to make ends meet.”

This legislation extends the time in which local taxing entities, such as local governments or school districts, may opt into the Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee Assessment Relief Act. This program allows homeowners to have their properties reassessed, and provides a refund for any 2011 real property taxes paid above the new post-flood assessment. If this measure is enacted, the state will reimburse localities for the lost tax revenue necessary to support local government programs and school districts.

“We rely on property taxes to fund our schools, make our roads safe during the winter and support our police and fire departments. If this legislation is enacted, the state will be doing the right thing by stepping in and delivering the local relief that was promised to these unfortunate families and communities,” said Tenney.

For more information on flood relief or any other state or local issue, please contact Assemblywoman Tenney at her Westmoreland office at 315-853-2382 or e-mail her at tenneyc@assembly.state.ny.us.