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File #: Int 0727-2015    Version: * Name: Real property damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Finance
On agenda: 3/31/2015
Enactment date: 4/28/2015 Law number: 2015/034
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the assessment of real property damaged by the severe storm that occurred on the twenty-ninth and thirtieth of October, two thousand twelve.
Sponsors: Vincent Ignizio, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Steven Matteo, Costa G. Constantinides, Mathieu Eugene, Vincent J. Gentile, Helen K. Rosenthal, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Eric A. Ulrich, (by request of the Mayor)
Council Member Sponsors: 10
Attachments: 1. March 31, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 2. Committee Report, 3. Hearing Transcript, 4. April 16, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-16-15, 6. Fiscal Impact Statement, 7. Mayor's Letter, 8. Local Law 34, 9. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - April 16, 2015
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Int. No. 727
 
By Council Members Ignizio, Ferreras, Matteo, Constantinides, Eugene, Gentile, Rosenthal, Rodriguez and Ulrich (by request of the Mayor)
 
 
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the assessment of real property damaged by the severe storm that occurred on the twenty-ninth and thirtieth of October, two thousand twelve.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
 
Section 1.  Chapter 2 of title 11 of the administrative  code  of  the city  of New York is amended by adding a new section 11-240.1 to read as follows:
§ 11-240.1 Assessment of real property damaged by the severe storm that occurred on the twenty-ninth and thirtieth of October, two thousand twelve. 1. Generally. Notwithstanding any provision of any general, special or local law to the contrary, the commissioner of finance shall assess affected real property as defined in subdivision three of this section subject to the limitations provided in this section.
2. Definitions. As used in this section:
a. "Actual assessed value" means the assessed value of real property prior to the calculation of any transitional assessed value, and which is not reduced by any exemption from real property taxes.
b. "Aggregate physical increase" means the sum of physical increases for assessment rolls completed from two thousand fourteen through two thousand twenty.
c. "Annual tax" means the amount of real property tax that is imposed on a property for a fiscal year, determined after reduction for any amount from which the property is exempt, or which is abated, pursuant to applicable law.       
d. "Annual tax attributable to improvements" means the annual tax, multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is equal to the assessed value attributable to improvements on the property for the fiscal year, and the denominator of which is the total assessed value of the property for such fiscal year.
e. "Assessed value" means the assessed value of real property that was used to determine the annual tax, and which is not reduced by any exemption from real property taxes.  For real property classified as class two or class four real property, as defined in subdivision one of section eighteen hundred two of the real property tax law to which subdivision three of section eighteen hundred five of the real property tax law applies, unless otherwise provided, the assessed value is the lower of the actual assessed value and transitional assessed value.
f. "Assessed value attributable to improvements" means that portion of the assessed value that was used to determine the annual tax attributable to improvements, and which is not reduced by any exemption from real property taxes.
g. "Commissioner of finance" means the commissioner of finance of the city of New York, or his or her designee.
h. "Department of finance" means the department of finance of the city of New York.
i. "Improvements" means buildings and other articles and structures, substructures and superstructures erected upon, under or above the land, or affixed thereto, including bridges and wharves and piers and the value of the right to collect wharfage, cranage or dockage thereon.
j. "Physical decrease" means the decrease in assessed value from the assessed value on the preceding assessment roll as a result of destruction of property caused by the severe storm that occurred on the twenty-ninth and thirtieth of October, two thousand twelve, such decrease to which subdivision five of section eighteen hundred five of the real property tax law applies.
k. "Physical increase" means the increase in assessed value from the assessed value on the preceding assessment roll as a result of an addition to or improvement of existing real property as provided in subdivision five of section eighteen hundred five of the real property tax law, for the purpose of reconstruction or repair in connection with the damage caused by the severe storm that occurred on the twenty-ninth and thirtieth of October, two thousand twelve, such increase to which subdivision five of section eighteen hundred five of the real property tax law applies subject to the provisions of this section.
l. "Total square footage of the improvements on the property" means, with respect to an assessment roll, the square footage used by the department of finance in determining the assessed value attributable to improvements on the real property for such assessment roll.
m. "Transitional assessed value" is the transition assessment calculated pursuant to subdivision three of section eighteen hundred five of the real property tax law, and which is not reduced by any exemption from real property taxes.
3. Affected real property. For purposes of this section, "affected real property" means any tax lot that contained, on the applicable taxable status date, class one, class two or class four real property as such class of real property is defined in subdivision one of section eighteen hundred two of the real property tax law, as to which:
a. the department of finance reduced the assessed value attributable to improvements on the property for the assessment roll completed in two thousand thirteen from the assessed value attributable to improvements on the property for the assessment roll completed in two thousand twelve as a result of damage caused by the severe storm that occurred on the twenty-ninth and thirtieth of October, two thousand twelve; and
b. the department of finance increased the assessed value attributable to improvements on the property by means of a physical increase for an assessment roll completed from two thousand fourteen through two thousand twenty.
4.  Limitation on increases of assessed value. Notwithstanding subdivision five of section eighteen hundred five of the real property tax law and any other provision to the contrary, increases in the assessed value of affected real property shall be limited in the manner specified in this subdivision.
a. Except as provided in paragraph c of this subdivision, for affected real property for which the assessed values on the assessment rolls completed in two thousand fourteen and two thousand fifteen do not reflect a physical increase, the amount of the aggregate physical increase shall not exceed the amount of the physical decrease reflected in the assessed value on the assessment roll completed in two thousand thirteen.  Any increase in assessed value from the preceding year in excess of the physical increase reflected in the current assessed value, such physical increase limited as provided in the preceding sentence, shall be subject to the limitations on increases provided in subdivisions one, two and three of section eighteen hundred five of the real property tax law.  In no event shall the assessed value of the affected real property appearing on an assessment roll completed for any given year from two thousand fifteen to two thousand twenty exceed what the assessed value would have been that year but for any physical decreases or physical increases reflected in the assessed values on the assessment rolls completed from two thousand thirteen to two thousand twenty.
b. For affected real property for which the assessed value on the assessment roll completed in two thousand fourteen or two thousand fifteen reflects a physical increase, the assessed value as it appeared on the assessment roll completed in two thousand fifteen shall be recalculated as if the limitation in paragraph a of this subdivision had been in effect for the assessment rolls completed in two thousand fourteen and two thousand fifteen.  The recalculation of the assessed value that appeared on the assessment roll completed in two thousand fifteen shall not affect the amount of taxes that were due and payable for the fiscal year beginning on the first of July, two thousand fourteen.  The assessed value on the assessment rolls completed for each of the years from two thousand sixteen to two thousand twenty shall be subject to the limitation on increases provided in paragraph a of this subdivision.  Notwithstanding section fifteen hundred twelve of the charter and any other provision to the contrary, the commissioner of finance is authorized to correct as provided in this paragraph the assessed value of affected real property appearing on the assessment roll completed in two thousand fifteen.  Such correction shall be made no later than ninety days after the effective date of a local law adopted in accordance with this section.
c. Notwithstanding paragraphs a and b of this subdivision, in the event that the total square footage of the improvements on the affected real property appearing on any assessment roll completed from two thousand fourteen to two thousand twenty exceeds the total square footage of the improvements on the property appearing on the assessment roll completed in two thousand twelve, the amount of the aggregate physical increase shall not exceed the amount computed by multiplying the sum of the physical increases as calculated subject to this subdivision by a fraction, the numerator of which is equal to the amount of the total square footage of the improvements on the property for the current assessment roll, and the denominator of which is equal to the amount of the total square footage of the improvements on the property for the assessment roll completed in two thousand twelve.  For purposes of this paragraph, if improvements on the property located below grade were not included in the total square footage of the improvements on the property for the assessment roll completed in two thousand twelve, such improvements shall not be included in the total square footage for subsequent assessment rolls if the improvements were moved above grade or other building elevations were constructed on the property to prevent or mitigate flooding as part of reconstruction or repair in connection with the damage caused by the severe storm that occurred on the twenty-ninth and thirtieth of October, two thousand twelve.
5. Rulemaking. The commissioner of finance shall be authorized to promulgate rules necessary to effectuate the purposes of this section.
§ 2. This act shall take effect on the same date as a chapter of the laws of 2015 amending the real property tax law relating to the assessment of real property damaged by the severe storm that occurred on the twenty-ninth and thirtieth of October, two thousand twelve in a city having a population of one million or more, as proposed in legislative bill numbers A. 5620-B/S. 3688-B, takes effect.