Rochester, New York — September 18, 2014. A proposal to review certain business property tax exemptions was defeated last night by Republicans in the County Legislature. The tax breaks are provided under Section 435-b of the New York State Real Property Tax Law and currently exempt nearly $90 million in commercial and industrial property value in Monroe County.
“Our Republican colleagues have now refused to perform even the most basic review of these tax breaks,” Legislator Paul Haney (D-Rochester, Brighton), the proposal’s sponsor, said. “Most residents would likely agree that homeowners shouldn’t be subsidizing property tax breaks for Wal-Mart, fast food restaurants and others. It’s unacceptable that County Republicans support using our community’s scarce resources for these ineffective tax breaks.”
The proposal was defeated by a two to three party line vote. Democrats Cindy Kaleh (D-Rochester) and Josh Bauroth (D-Rochester, Brighton) voted in favor, while Republicans Mike Rockow, Dan Quatro and Steve Tucciarello voted against.
“Last night’s vote should outrage local taxpayers,” Assistant Democratic Leader Cindy Kaleh (D-Rochester) said. “Despite this setback, Democrats will continue to support reforms that make our economic development efforts more effective.”