From the Empire Center
New Yorkers pay some of the highest property taxes in the
nation. However, property tax burdens within the Empire State differ widely.
Property owners outside New York City pay taxes to at least three different
jurisdictions—counties, towns or cities, and school districts. Villages and
special districts can also levy separate taxes. As a result multiple
combinations of property tax bills can be found in a single town. This report,
based on data collected annually by the Office of the State Comptroller, makes
it possible to easily compare taxes in almost every locality in New York State.
Focusing on the effective tax rate allows taxpayers and government officials to
establish performance goals and benchmarks for their communities.