ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Comptroller's Office reports that more than 25 percent of real property statewide is exempt from county, city and town property taxes.
The report says the total value of the exempt properties is $680 billion, rising to $826 billion for property from more than one type of municipal or school property taxes.
The percentage of affected property ranges from less than 10 percent to more than 60 percent in some municipalities.
Some have begun charging fees for municipal services or alternative payments.
The tax-exempt parcels include 41 percent owned by government, 28 percent for residences including partial exemptions from the state's school tax relief program, 14 percent for nonprofits and almost 9 percent each for business and agriculture and forests.