[Adopted 2-4-2008 by L.L. No. 1-2008 (Ch. 136, Art. II, of the 1992 Code)]
New York State Real Property Tax Law § 458-b authorizes a partial exemption from real property taxes on qualifying residential real property for Cold War veterans, as defined in the Real Property Tax Law § 458-b.
The terms "Cold War veterans," "service connected," "qualified owner," "qualified residential real property," and "latest state equalization rate," when referenced in this article, shall have the definition(s) ascribed to them in Real Property Tax Law § 458-b1.
Pursuant to § 458-b2(a) of the Real Property Tax Law, the Village of Woodridge is authorized to adopt a local law establishing a partial exemption from the Village of Woodridge's portion of real property taxes for Cold War veterans or qualified owners who own qualified residential real property within the Village of Woodridge. It is the desire of the Village of Woodridge to provide for such exemption on Village of Woodridge properties to reward Cold War veterans for their valued service to our country.
Pursuant to § 458-b2(a)(ii) of the Real Property Tax Law, the maximum exemption allowable from the Village of Woodridge real property taxes shall be 15% of the qualifying residential real property assessment, not to exceed $12,000 or the product of $12,000 multiplied by the latest state equalization rate of the assessing unit, whichever is less.
Pursuant to § 458-b2(b) of the Real Property Tax Law, there shall be an exemption in addition to the exemption provided in § 359-19 above for a Cold War veteran who received a compensation rating from the United States Veterans Affairs or from the United States Department of Defense because of a service-connected disability. This exemption shall be equal to the product of the assessed value of the qualifying residential real property multiplied by 50% of the Cold War veteran's disability rating; provided, however, that such exemption shall not exceed $40,000 or the product of $40,000 multiplied by the latest state equalization rate for the assessing unit, whichever is less.
If a Cold War veteran receives an exemption pursuant to Real Property Tax Law § 458 or § 458-a, the Cold War veteran shall not be eligible to receive the exemption established by this article.