By DAVID L. SHAW
dshaw@fltimes.com

SENECA FALLS A bill introduced in the state Legislature would direct the state to reimburse counties where Indian tribes refuse to pay local property taxes.

If passed and signed into law, it could benefit Seneca and Cayuga counties, where the Cayuga Indian Nation refuses to pay property taxes on land it owns, and Madison and Oneida counties, where the Oneida Indian Nation has not paid property taxes on its holdings.

The bill was introduced in the state Senate by Mike Nozzolio, R-54 of Fayette, and in the state Assembly by Brian Kolb, R-131 of Canandaigua, and William Magee, D-121 of Nelson. Phil Palmesano, R-132 of Corning, and Bob Oaks, R-130 of Macedon, are co-sponsoring the bill in the Assembly. The Cayugas owe nearly $1.5 million in local town, school, county and village property taxes in the two counties, mostly in Seneca County.
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