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  • Altmar-Parish-Williamstown CSD will see a revenue shift due to an expiring PILOT agreement with the County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency.

    Altmar-Parish-Williamstown currently holds a payment in lieu of tax (PILOT) agreement with Erie Boulevard Hydropower. A PILOT is an arrangement for financial assistance offered by the County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency to encourage businesses to locate in Oswego County taxing jurisdictions. Under this financial arrangement, the company makes some fixed yearly contribution to a municipality (County and Town taxing authorities) and school system rather than paying property taxes based on tax assessments set by local tax assessors. The amount paid is typically lower than what the company would have paid if it was taxed according to the town assessor’s valuation or assessment of the parcel.

    The PILOT agreement with Erie Boulevard Hydropower will expire December 31, 2020 and the last PILOT payment of $360,450 was made to the school district during the 2019-2020 school year. The PILOT agreement is designed by the county to have a smaller tax payment at the beginning of the term, leaving larger tax payments to the end of the agreement Once Erie Boulevard Hydropower’s PILOT agreement expires, the amount paid will move from the PILOT revenue to the tax levy revenue raised by the school district. This movement from PILOT to tax levy is a “shift” of the anticipated revenue categories that the school district uses to project in their budget development process.

    The budget development process for the 2020-2021 school year is impacted by anticipated amounts for the PILOT and tax levy revenue categories. These revenue categories are components of the New York State Tax Cap calculation, which limits the school district’s ability to raise the tax levy. Thus, the shift from one revenue category to the other will impact the tax cap calculation, resulting in the tax levy portion looking significantly higher than it would have been had the amount remained as a PILOT. This revenue shift is permissible within the calculation and will only increase the tax levy for one tax paying entity –Erie Boulevard Hydropower. The amount of the increase is based on Erie Boulevard Hydropower’s tax assessment as set by the tax assessor for the Town of Orwell.

    Additional PILOT approved by the County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency

    The district is projected to gain a new PILOT agreement with a solar company for the 2021-2022 school year. Abundant Solar Power LLC is a New York Limited Liability Company that has been given approval by the County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency to receive financial assistance in the form of a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) with the County, Town of Albion, and the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown CSD. This land is currently owned by the Town of Richland, and is being leased to Abundant Solar Power. Abundant Solar Power is planning to build a 29.17 acre solar power electric generating photo-voltaic plant on the property. On January 17, 2020, officials from Abundant Solar Power indicated at a public hearing that construction is anticipated to be completed by March 2021. This means that the first PILOT bill would be sent to Abundant Solar Power in March 2022. The newly approved PILOT agreement will remove the parcel from the tax levy revenue category and move it to the PILOT revenue category for the school district.  This shift in categories is anticipated to impact the 2021-2022 school year budget.

    For more information about the PILOTs and their impact to the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown CSD budget, please visit apwschools.org or call 315-625-5254.


    What is a PILOT?

    PILOTs are one of the main tools local industrial development agencies (IDAs) use to encourage businesses to locate in their jurisdictions.  Under such an agreement, a company makes some fixed yearly contribution to a municipality or school system rather than pay property taxes.  The amount paid is typically lower than what the company would have paid if it was taxed normally.

    Heiser, Paul, Senior Research Analyst, “Under tax cap, PILOTs pose new financial perils.” www.NYSSBA.org, September 22, 2014, https://www.nyssba.org/news/2014/09/18/on-board-online-september-22-2014/under-tax-cap-pilots-pose-new-financial-perils/


    Who negotiates the PILOT?

    School officials and other local governmental officials have no role in negotiating the terms of the PILOTs.

    Heiser, Paul, Senior Research Analyst, “Under tax cap, PILOTs pose new financial perils.” www.NYSSBA.org, September 22, 2014, https://www.nyssba.org/news/2014/09/18/on-board-online-september-22-2014/under-tax-cap-pilots-pose-new-financial-perils/


    Who is the IDA?

    The industrial development agency for our area is named the “County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency”.  The Board was established August 27, 2008 and the current Board of Directors include: Gary Toth, Chair, Tom Kells, Leonard Schick, Nick Canale, Barry Trimble, Morris Sorbello and Tim Stahl. The executive management of the IDA includes L. Michael Treadwell, Chief Executive Officer; Kevin LaMontagne, Chief Financial Officer; Barclay Damon LLP, Bond Counsel; Kevin Caraccioli, General Counsel. For more information visit: https://www.oswegocountyida.org/

     2020-2021 Property Tax Cap Calculation

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