CHENANGO COUNTY – Rural counties in New York are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to the state’s tax system, according to research from the Cornell University Cooperative Extension.
A recent report from the institution shows that not only are rural landowners fronted the highest taxes relative to home prices in the nation, but rural counties like Chenango lack the tax base to pay the amount of increasing state mandated expenses without passing on the burden to local taxpayers. The report was presented to Chenango County public officials on Thursday in hopes of starting discussions about viable solutions to the state’s notorious claim as the highest taxed state in the country.
Ken Smith, Executive Director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County, says solving the issue might be an uphill battle, but it’s worth talks among legislators in Albany.
“Through some research, there are some patterns that quickly emerge. Our goal is to have legislators understand what our problem is here in upstate New York,” Smith said. “I do think there is a change possible.”