A new attempt to reign in tax exempts; carrying the issue to Albany
Another way to attack the problem would be through the courts. Cohen said that at a meeting of 12 town supervisors the previous week, the supervisors all indicated they would be willing to work with the county to identify properties where the case for tax-exempt status might be weak, and then to take those cases to court.
Yasgur said that officials should be cautious in that approach because judges in local cases in previous years had ruled against local officials, and court rulings over the decades had expanded the definition of property and buildings that could be granted tax-exempt status.
Lawmakers agreed to take the matter up again next month and look at the proposed legislation that Cohen has put together.