Published: Summer 1999
Special Report from
The Action Committee for Reasonable Real Estate Taxes:
ABATEMENT EXTENDED FOR TWO
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In June of 1999, Mayor Giuliani and Speaker Vallone included in the
City budget provision for extending the property tax abatement for homeowners
in New York City cooperatives and condominiums. State legislation was
required to effectuate the extension. On August 4, 1999, the New York
State Legislature adopted the state budget for fiscal year that began
on April 1st. Included in this adoption process was a two-year extension
of the abatement program. The program abates taxes by 25% for buildings
where the average assessment per unit is $15,000 or less and 17.5% for
buildings with higher tax assessments.
CNYC and the Action Committee for Reasonable Real Estate Taxes thank
all members for their calls and letters to lawmakers asking that this
important abatement program be extended. Assemblyman "Pete"
Grannis was the prime architect of this legislation; he and Senator Roy
Goodman introduced the 1996 bill that initiated the program, which sunset
on June 30, 1999. Mr. Grannis has continued to work relentlessly for its
extension, with strong support from Assembly members Weprin and Cohen
from Queens and Kaufman and Dinowitz from the Bronx. Assembly Speaker
Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno recognized the
importance of the abatement program throughout the difficult negotiations
over the state budget, and made it a significant
JANUARY TAX BILLS WILL REFLECT
Cooperatives and condominiums that have participated in the abatement
program in the past have nothing further to do to receive the abatement.
You have already provided full information to the Department of Finance.
Other NYC cooperatives and condominiums that now wish to qualify can sign
up to receive appropriate forms by calling 212-669-3212. As described
in the last CNYC
Newsletter, in November, the Department of Finance will send each participating
cooperative a detailed chart, showing the precise dollar amounts of exemptions
and abatements due to each qualifying apartment. This adjustment (retroactive
to July 1999) will be reflected in the bills for January 2000 tax payments.
Condominium unit owners each receive their own detailed adjusted bill.
Cooperative corporations must pass on the abatement to qualifying shareholders
in the course of the fiscal year (=by June 30, 2000). One way to do this
is to divide the abatement by six and credit the
maintenance bills for January through June of the year 2000.
LONG-TERM PLAN IS STILL URGENTLY
The legislation requires the city to develop a long term plan to bring
fairness to the taxation of homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums.
CNYC and the Action Committee for Reasonable Real Estate Taxes continue
to press for the establishment and implementation of such a plan. At the
appropriate time, we will ask members to support passage of the long term
plan for tax fairness.