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Local Home Rule - Threatened and Defended

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"New York State is Distributing Grants to Study the Centralization of Tax Assessment"
- News Brief, PRFA, November 2007

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In-Depth Information

  • Carol W. LaGrasse"Local Assessors Fight State Pressure to "Consolidate'" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, April 2008.
    The executive and legislative branches of state government are applying pressure to eliminate local elected assessors, as a first step toward wiping out the office of town assessors and absorbing it into each county Office of Real Property Tax Services. Local elected assessors around New York State have gotten the picture and are up in arms. Other offices of local government are also threatened by recommendations of the Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness, established by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, with a very receptive legislature.
  • "You're Asking for It" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, March 2007)
    Local government's disdain for the public, the obstruction of development by local officials, and the willingness of local government to sign away the right of the people to govern locally, while officials assume more power and receive more money, make local government vulnerable to consolidation and regional restructuring.
  • "The Town Meeting—We Still Need It" By Mark Smith, Supervisor, Town of Hector, Schuyler County, N.Y. (Originally published in the American Agriculturist, March 4, 1939, reprinted in the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Winter 2007)
    This historic article, shared by the author's son Hollen C. Smith points out that home rule was not lightly gained and should not be lightly lost. State aid is fraught with danger to the preservation of local control.
  • "Supreme Court Denies Tax Exemption on Oneidas' Reacquired Homelands" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, July 2005)
    In the case City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York, the U.S. Supreme Court decided on March 29, 2005, that the Oneida Indians will have to abide by the laws of New York State and local government within its reacquired ancestral lands, because it waited too long to repurchase the lands and assert sovereignty over them. The Oneidas will have to pay real estate taxes.
  • "Grants Have Agendas" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA November 15, 2004
    Government grants put never-ending streams of money toward preservationist objectives that diminish private property rights. Prime examples are National Heritage Areas, regional planning, trails, and government land acquisition.
  • "Overlapping Jurisdictions Requiring Permits in New York State" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, June 4, 2003
    When applying for a local building permit, property owners are unaware of the multiplicity of local, state, and federal agencies potentially having jurisdiction. The tentative list of over 30 agencies in "Overlapping Jurisdictions" shows the urgent need for a State clearinghouse to provide applicants with an official list of potentially jurisdictional agencies.
  • "Overlapping Jurisdictions Hit Home with Couple's Dream House" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, June 2, 2003)
    The Town of Niskayuna failed to warn a young couple about the Corps of Engineers' jurisdiction over wetlands. The State of New York desperately needs a central source for information about the numerous overlapping permit requiring agencies.
  • Gary Vegliante"Founding A New Municipality" - Gary Vegliante, Mayor, Village of Westhampton Dunes, N.Y.. from Proceedings of the Third Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (1998)

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