Chenango opposes New York severence tax on gas

NORWICH - Chenango County lawmakers adopted a resolution yesterday opposing a New York State’s severance tax on natural gas and oil production.

The resolution was the result of a joint meeting between Madison and Chenango county officials last week. The Madison County Legislature was expected to pass the measure this week.

Chenango and Madison counties follow in the footsteps of the New York Farm Bureau, Unshackle Upstate, and Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce who have all expressed opposition to the severance tax. Though it was ultimately left out of the state’s budget, a five percent tax was suggested by downstate legislators with support from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

“Any new severance tax on oil and natural gas production under consideration in the state’s legislature that would shift revenue to the state’s general fund from local governments that feel the most impact would only further increase the burden of such local adverse impact,” stated the motion which was offered by Chenango County Natural Gas Committee Chairman Peter C. Flanagan, D-Preston.

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