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NYSNYS NEWS: Cuomo signs Troy church tax exempt bills, Albany County sales tax extender.
NYSNYS NEWS: Cuomo signs Troy church tax exempt bills, Albany County sales tax extender.

By Kyle Hughes

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 28) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed two bills relating to tax exemptions for property owned by the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Troy. He also signed an Albany County sales tax extender bill.

The bills sponsored by Senator Neil Breslin (D-Bethlehem) and Assemblyman John McDonald (D-Cohoes) allow "Troy's assessor to make corrections to the 2012, 2013 and 2014 assessment rolls for applications for exemption from real property taxes. This act will apply to the specific applications to be submitted by the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church."

The two bills address tax exemptions for two separate parcels of land:

"3370 Sixth Avenue, otherwise known as: section 90.55, block 3, lot 1"

"36 109th Street, otherwise known as: section 80.79, block 7, lot 3"

"Such application shall be reviewed as if it had been received on or before the taxable status dates established for such rolls," the bills say. "If satisfied that such church would otherwise be entitled to such exemption if such church had filed an application for exemption by the appropriate taxable status dates, the assessor, upon approval of the common council of the city of Troy, may grant exemption from all taxation and make appropriate corrections to the subject rolls. If such exemption is granted and such church therefore shall have paid any tax with respect to the subject rolls, the governing body or tax department may, in its sole discretion, provide for the refund of those taxes paid and cancel any taxes, fines, penalties, interest or tax liens remaining unpaid."

The Albany County bill, also sponsored by Breslin, extends for two years the county sales and use tax scheduled to sunset on November 30.

"In order for the County and area municipalities to create a fiscally responsible budget and to thwart substantial property tax increases, this extension is necessary," the bill memo says.

The tax has been extended ever two years since 2005, according to the bill memo.

The bills were among more than 100 signed by Cuomo recently.