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NY Cities: High Taxes, Low Taxes

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A new report shows Schenectady and Gloversville rank among cities with the highest property tax rates in New York.  A study published this week by the fiscally conservative Empire Center for New York State Policy ranks the Mohawk Valley city of Gloversville the highest-taxed of 75 cities in the state, with an effective rate of $52.40 per $1,000 of a property's value.

Schenectady's effective tax rate is $40.93 per $1,000. In Albany, it is $38.64 per $1,000. Keith McDonald is head of Assessment and Taxation in Albany. The Rye School District portion of the City of Rye in Westchester County is the lowest-taxed city, with an effective rate of $14.46 per $1,000.

E.J. McMahon, senior fellow at the Empire Center, notes that the lowest-taxed community in the state is the Eastern Long Island Village of Sagaponack in the storied Hamptons. The resort community has an effective rate of just $1.19 per $1,000.  McMahon says taxpayers have easy access to interact with the data contained in the Empire Center Report.

School taxes account for roughly 60 percent of a homeowner’s tax bill.  Taxpayers vote May 21st on school budgets throughout the state.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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