Nozzolio announces funding for Seneca, Cayuga

New York State Sen. Mike Nozzolio announced that the recently enacted 2016-2017 State Budget once again includes funding to help offset the financial burden on local taxpayers caused by the refusal of the Cayuga Indians to pay their school and local property taxes. Sen. Nozzolio fought to secure over $400,000 in the New York State Budget that will help to offset the unpaid property taxes on land that is owned by individual Cayuga Indians. The move comes as locally elected officials work to address the funding issues created by the unpaid property taxes. Sen. Nozzolio said in a statement, “It is my pleasure to announce that I have been successful in my efforts to offset the financial burden on local taxpayers created by the Cayuga Indians refusal to pay their property taxes.”Sen. Nozzolio went on, “I will continue to do everything in my power to push for the fair and equitable collection of these unpaid property taxes,” He explained though that this funding in the budget would not be a pass for those who have not paid property taxes. He said, “It is important to note that this funding does not release the Cayuga Indians from their financial obligations to Cayuga and Seneca counties. It does, however, help to reduce the financial impact on local property owners.” 
His statement concluded, “As the State Senator representing Cayuga and Seneca counties, I am proud to have secured nearly $3.5 million over the last three years to eliminate this unfair financial burden on the Cayuga and Seneca County taxpayers. As a lifelong resident of Seneca County, I remain firmly committed to doing everything I can to protect our local, hardworking taxpayers from this inequity and will continue my efforts to see that the Cayuga Indians pay their fair share of taxes.”

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