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Tax-exempt parcels (shown in red) in a small city. Map: City of Ann Arbor, MI
Tax-exempt parcels (shown in red) in a small city. Map: City of Ann Arbor, MI

Comptroller: $680 billion in untaxed NY land

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More than a quarter of all property in New York state is off the tax rolls. That's according to figures compiled by the state Comptroller, who calls it a burden on local finances.

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Ryan Delaney
Reporter, The Innovation Trail

All the un-taxed land in the state adds up to $680 billion in property value not being collected on. 

The city with the most property off-limits is Rensselaer, with 65 percent. 

In Syracuse, where Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released his report, 51 percent of property is tax exempt. 

That’s made up mostly of universities and hospitals. Smaller non-profits and properties that get tax break incentives for economic development factor in too. 

DiNapoli praised Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner for her work squeezing some dollars out of non-profits. 

"Even though these are tough questions, thorny issues, there are some creative solutions that are happening at the local level. How can we elevate the discussion, shine the spotlight on those circumstances where there is some good news, there is some progress so other can learn from the experience."

Miner successfully got Syracuse University and Crouse Hospital to enter into service agreements. They pay an annual fee for city services. But she’s been stiff-armed so far by the city’s other hospitals and colleges. 

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