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Tax shifts a major concern in veterans exemptions

On Board Online • November 28, 2016

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

Nearly two-thirds of school districts that have not adopted a property tax exemption for veterans say the reason is they do not want to redistribute the tax burden to other property owners in their districts, according to a survey by NYSSBA.

The survey found that 64 percent of school districts did not adopt the exemption because they did not want to shift the tax burden onto non-veterans. Of the districts that adopted the alternative veterans exemption, nearly 30 percent reported a tax shift from veterans to non-veterans in their district ranging from $100,000 to more than $1 million in 2015-16. About one-third of districts had not calculated the impact, while 13 percent said the exemption did not take effect until 2016-17.

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