ARTICLE IEmpire Zone Implementation (§ 55-1 — § 55-6)
ARTICLE IITax Exemption (§ 55-7 — § 55-8)
§ 55-2Description of Empire Zone boundaries.
§ 55-4Zone certifier.
§ 55-5Zone Administrative Board.
§ 55-6Zone Administrative Board membership.
The purpose of this chapter is to authorize the Village of Potsdam and the Town of Potsdam to jointly authorize and provide for the administration of the Potsdam Empire Zone Program.
The Village of Potsdam is hereby authorized and empowered to submit an application for redesignation of certain areas within the Town and Village of Potsdam as an Empire Zone; provided, however, that such authorization and empowerment shall be conditioned upon the Town of Potsdam’s passage of a local law and upon the concurrence through properly adopted resolution(s) with respect to such application of the governing bodies of any and all cities, towns and villages in which such zone is located.
The boundaries of said areas to be included in said Empire Zone shall be set forth in Schedule A, which is attached hereto and made a part hereof.
The boundaries of said regionally significant projects to be included in said Empire Zone shall be set forth in Schedule B, which is attached hereto and made a part hereof as follows:
The Village and Town Boards may amend from time to time the Potsdam Empire Zone boundaries per the applicable state regulations.
The Potsdam Planning and Development Office is designated as the administrative entity for the Potsdam Empire Zone Program. The Director of Planning and Development shall serve as the staff for the Potsdam Empire Zone Board. Except where provided for in state or local law, the Potsdam Zone Administrative Board shall serve as the policymaking and oversight entity for the Potsdam Empire Zone.
Pursuant to requirements of § 963 (a) of the General Municipal Law, the Treasurer of the Village of Potsdam shall continue to serve as the Local Empire Zone Certification Officer of the Potsdam Empire Zone, and shall, pursuant to the regulations promulgated pursuant to Article 18-B of the General Municipal Law, perform the following duty, to wit: certify jointly with the New York State Commissioner of Economic Development, and the New York State Commissioner of Labor, those business enterprises that are eligible to receive those benefits referred to in § 966 of the General Municipal Law, and any other applicable statutes.
The Potsdam Zone Administrative Board (ZAB) is organized for the following purposes:
To be responsible for setting policy operations of the Empire Zone located in the Village and Town of Potsdam.
To provide, or enter into contracts, including with the Town and Village of Potsdam, for the provision of services essential to the development of business and job opportunities within the Zone such as: strategic Zone planning, marketing of the Zone, applying for state or federal assistance, coordinating the delivery of local and state services, and providing technical assistance to businesses located within the Empire Zone.
To enter into contracts, as many be needed, with various state agencies for service delivery in the Empire Zone.
Pursuant to Article 18-B of the General Municipal Law, the Local Empire Zone Administrative Board as presently constituted is hereby continued. The Local Empire Zone Administrative Board, pursuant to § 963 (a) of the General Municipal Law, as amended, shall approve for certification by the Zone Certification Officer, the New York State Commissioner of Economic Development, and the New York State Commissioner of Labor the applications of those businesses eligible for certification to receive the benefits referred to in § 966 of the General Municipal Law, and shall perform all other duties required of it pursuant to § 963 (b) of the General Municipal Law.
Members. The Zone Administrative Board (ZAB) shall consist of at least nine members. Members must be residents of the Town or Village of Potsdam or own or be involved in the management of a business or organization located in the Town or Village of Potsdam. At least one member of the ZAB shall be a resident of the Empire Zone. Membership shall include individuals from the financial service field, organizations serving low-income persons, the business community, education and local government. The Mayor of the Village of Potsdam and the Supervisor of the Town of Potsdam, or one representative each nominated by them, shall serve as members. The Mayor and Supervisor, or their representatives, shall not count toward the minimum of nine members.
Membership terms. Initial ZAB members shall be appointed to one three-year term. Subsequently, members will serve staggered terms, with three members to serve for three years, three for two years, and three for one year. Members may be reappointed to consecutive terms.
Voting. Member shall be entitled one vote at meetings of the ZAB.
Membership appointment. Members shall be appointed jointly by the Village of Potsdam Board of Trustees and the Potsdam Town Board. ZAB members will provide nominations for ZAB, except for the two members nominated by the Town Supervisor and the Village Mayor.
Policies and procedures. The Potsdam ZAB, by its bylaws, may set its regular and special meetings, officers, committees and other policies and procedures for the administration of the Empire Zone Program.
§ 55-8Exemption authorized.
The purpose of this article is to provide property tax relief to businesses or residents that construct or improve real property within the bounds of the Empire Zone as described by Exhibit A annexed hereto.
The provisions of § 485-e of the Real Property Tax Law shall be implemented to provide tax relief to businesses or residents who construct or improve real property within the bounds of the Potsdam Empire Zone as designated by the New York State Department of Economic Development. Such exemptions shall be for a fixed term of 10 years, with 100% abatement for seven years after the completion of a project and further abatements in the eighth, ninth, and tenth years of 75%, 50%, and 25% respectively.