Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

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  by railtrailbiker
A measure that would provide tax relief to Orange County municipalities and school districts hurt by the tax exempt status of the Port Jervis Railroad line is on its way to the governor's desk. The Assembly and Senate have approved the measure that would provide $807,500 in local transitional aid to be paid over a 10 year period.

Metro-North Railroad has entered into a long-term sublease with Norfolk Southern Railroad for the rights to the Port Jervis line, partially located in Orange County. As a public authority, Metro-North is not subject to tax exemption, resulting in a loss of over $1 million a yare in property tax revenue for local school districts and municipalities.

Over the next 10 years, the measure would provide over $342,000 to the Port Jervis City School District, more than $249,000 for the Enlarged Middletown City School District, $155,000 to the Minisink Valley Central School District, over $0,000 to the Town of Deerpark and almost $20,000 to the City of Port Jervis.

"Our families struggle to cope with a tremendous property tax burden and cannot afford to shoulder another increase," said Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther of Forestburgh, who sponsored the measure in that house. The measure "will deliver the aid needed to help local towns and schools fill this budget hole and keep property taxes from soaring."

http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/railt ... 9Jul04.htm

  by UpperHarlemLine4ever
I really feel for these school districts here in New York, where they are ripping off the taxpayers like you wouldn't believe and the education that the children receive is average. CSX was paying more in property tax here in New York State than they are in the rest of their system combined.

If Assemblywoman Guenther really cared about the people in her district, she would work in Albany to reform our school districts' robbery tax system.