Those who pay, and those who don’t
By Chip Rowe
Philipstown tax payments were due Jan. 31, or by Feb. 28 with a 1 percent penalty.
The rate for taxes due to the town, Putnam County, local libraries and the Garrison Fire Company is about $15,000 per $1 million in assessed property value, which is 47 percent of estimated market value.
For the Garrison school district, which collects its taxes in the fall, the rate is about $20,400 per $1 million, plus $173 for the Desmond-Fish Library. For Haldane, the rate is about $35,700 per $1 million plus $138 for the Butterfield Library.
The following data was taken from public records compiled by the Town of Philipstown, Garrison and Haldane school districts, Putnam County and New York State.
10 Largest Bills
The totals below typically include multiple properties. For example, BMR Funding LLC, of Greenwich, Connecticut, owns 19 parcels in Philipstown, including 1,168 acres in Lake Valhalla.
The figures show the total assessed values in 2016 of all properties owned by each entity, followed by an estimate of the taxes paid, including school taxes.
- New York State, $33.2 million ($1.2 million)
- Garrison Golf Club, $5.3 million ($189,000)
- Central Hudson, $5.2 million ($185,000)
- Mark and Angela Williams, $4.8 million ($171,000)
- BMR Funding LLC, $3.2 million ($163,000)
- Nancy Spanu, $2.7 million ($95,000)
- Verizon, $2.6 million ($93,000)
- New York City, $2.6 million ($92,000)
- Sounds in the Grass, $2.5 million ($90,000)
- Cloudbank House LLC, $2.5 million ($88,000)
10 Largest Unpaid Bills
The 10 largest debtors in Philipstown over the past three years owe a total of $608,000 as of Feb. 13, according to the county Finance Department. The owners of the 10-acre industrial property on the southwest corner of Lane Gate Road and Route 9 owe $118,000; the remainder of the top 10 are homeowners in arrears for a total of $35,000 to $82,000 each. When a property tax bill is not paid, Putnam County places a lien on the property. If it remains unpaid for several years, the county attempts to foreclose.
10 Largest Exemptions
This list excludes STAR rebates, which in 2016 exempted about $64 million worth of property from school taxes. The figures below are the assessed value of property, by category, that is exempt from town, county and school taxes, and an estimate of the taxes that would be collected if it were on the rolls. (Here is a full list of property tax exemptions available in New York state.)
- Religious: $52.4 million ($1.86 million)
- Educational: $25.6 million ($911,000)1
- Government: $25.2 million ($896,000)2
- Nonprofits: $17 million ($607,000)3
- Veterans: $13.2 million ($440,000)4
- School districts: $12.3 million ($438,000)
- Low-income: $6.5 million ($230,000)5
- Volunteer fire/ambulance: $4.5 million ($159,000)
- Railroad: $2.4 million ($85,000)
- Farmland: $1.4 million ($50,000)6
1. This includes land preserved by the Open Space Institute and Scenic Hudson.
2. This includes land owned by the town, village, county, state and federal governments, including parks and cemeteries.
3. This includes properties such as Stonecrop Gardens, Boscobel, Garrison’s Landing, Lake Surprise Camp, the Fresh Air Farm and Manitoga.
4. There are a number of categories, including disabled, combat and Cold War. In addition, not all categories receive exemptions from county, town and school taxes.
5. This includes residents who are disabled and/or over the age of 65.
6. This includes agricultural parcels such as those at Lanza Farms and Saunders Farm in Garrison.
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