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Counties to be reimbursed unpaid Indian taxes

New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio announced on Sunday that the New York State budget includes funding to offset the financial burden on local taxpayers created by the refusal of the Cayuga Indians to pay their local school and property taxes. Senator Nozzolio led the effort along with Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Assemblymen Oaks, Finch, and Palmesano, to secure $2.5 million to compensate Cayuga and Seneca Counties for unpaid property taxes on land that is owned by the Cayuga Indians.“After months of hard work, I am pleased to announce that we have been successful in securing $2.5 million in state funding to offset the financial burden placed on local taxpayers as a result of the Cayuga Indians’ refusal to pay their fair share of property taxes! It is critically important to the future economic viability of our region that we take the steps necessary to protect our taxpayers from this unfair situation and I was proud to lead the effort to include this funding in the final 2014-15 State Budget,” said New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio.“It was a pleasure to work with Senator Nozzolio and my Assembly colleagues to secure this critically important funding. The inclusion of this funding in the State budget is excellent news for the taxpayers of Cayuga and Seneca Counties and will certainly help to offset the devastating financial burden created by the Cayugas’ refusal to pay their property taxes,” said Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.“On behalf of the residents of Seneca County, I applaud Senator Nozzolio for his tireless efforts to secure this important funding. Today’s announcement is a tremendous step forward for Seneca County and we will continue to work with Senator Nozzolio as we fight to protect our local taxpayers,” said Bob Hayssen, Chairman of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors.”This important funding will help to protect our taxpayers and ensure that they are not penalized for the taxes not paid by the Cayuga Indians,” said Michael Chapman, Chairman of the Cayuga County Legislature. “We thank Senator Nozzolio, Assemblyman Finch and Assemblyman Oaks for their aggressive efforts to safeguard our local taxpayers and include this funding in the 2014-2015 New York State Budget.”“The taxpayers of Seneca County are grateful to Senator Nozzolio, Assemblyman Kolb and Assemblyman Palmesano for their efforts to secure this much needed funding. We look forward to working with them as we continue our efforts to eliminate this unfair burden,” said Bob Shipley, Majority Leader of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors.“As a member of the Central New York Legislative Delegation, I am very pleased that this year’s State Budget provides reimbursement for the loss of tax revenue due to the failure of our Native American neighbors to pay their fair share of taxes. This measure will provide much needed relief to our local taxpayers. It was a privilege to work with Senator Nozzolio and my colleagues to secure this important funding,” said Assemblyman Gary Finch.“I am delighted that we have been successful in our efforts to protect our local taxpayers from assuming the financial burden of the shortfall created by the Cayugas’ continued refusal to pay their property taxes. It was truly an honor to have the opportunity to work with Senator Nozzolio, Assembly Minority Leader Kolb and my Assembly colleagues to include this important funding in the 2014-2015 New York State Budget,” said Assemblyman Bob Oaks.“We must take the necessary steps to protect our taxpayers from this unfair situation and I was pleased to work closely with Senator Nozzolio and my colleagues to secure this important funding,” said Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.”As State Senator, I was proud to lead the effort to help the residents of Cayuga and Seneca Counties,” said Senator Mike Nozzolio.

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