Skoufis’ Bill Forces State to Pay Taxes on Goosepond State Park
Bringing Funding to Chester, & Blooming Grove.
ADA Compliant Playground Obtained for COH Elementary School
Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) who is running for the 39th District Senate Seat, announced that legislation he authored requiring the state to pay local property taxes on Goosepond Mountain State Park passed the Assembly this week (A.7952). Currently, the state pays taxes on every park under the jurisdiction of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission – except Goosepond Mountain State Park. Upon discovering this omission, Skoufis introduced a bill to correct the situation. “Our schools and towns rely on property taxes to hire quality teachers and provide necessary services,” Skoufis said. “Simply put, Chester and Blooming Grove are being shortchanged by the state and local taxpayers are being wrongly forced to make up the difference. My legislation fixes that oversight and ensures we get our fair share.”
An estimated $100,000 in additional revenue is expected to be generated annually for Chester and Blooming Grove with Goosepond Mountain Park on the tax rolls. The Senate has taken up and passed Skoufis’ bill as well; it heads to the Governor for his signature later this year.
“We in Chester are always looking for ways to help us keep taxes down while continuing to provide a high-level of services,” explained Councilman Ryan Wensley (R-Chester). “I sincerely thank Assemblyman Skoufis for his common-sense measure that will correct a longstanding wrong and force the state to pay its fair share to our community.”
Skoufis also secured $1 million last week in special aid for the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District. This funding will completely offset the net loss to the school district’s budget that will result from the boundary shift approved by the board last year. Skoufis made approval of the acceleration bill contingent on securing the special aid as a means to fully protect the taxpayers in the school district.
Another grant that Skoufis passed in Assembly, helped by an associated grant obtain by Senator Bill Larkin in the Senate, has given Cornwall-on-Hudson an ADA Compliant Playground as seen in the above ribbon-cutting.
Skoufis Gets Reform and Union Party Endorsements -Curtis Sliwa, Chair of the NYS Reform Party, said “James Skoufis is the best choice to represent Rockland, Orange and Ulster in the State Senate. He has proven in the Assembly to be a true reformer.” The Operating Engineers Local 825 has also endorsed him for State Senate in New York’s 39th legislative district.