[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Spring Valley as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Filing of Income and Expense Statement
[Adopted 7-23-2013 by L.L. No. 3-2013]
Where real property is income-producing property, the owner shall be required to submit annually to the Village Assessor, not later than the first day of October 2013 for those statements due in 2013 and not later than the first day of April on all succeeding years, a statement of all income derived from and all expenses attributed to the operation of such property as follows:
Where the owner's books and records reflecting the operation of the property are maintained on a calendar-year basis, the statement shall be for the calendar year preceding the date the statement shall be filed.
Where the owner's books and records reflecting the operation of the property are maintained on a fiscal year basis for federal income tax purposes, the statement shall be for the last fiscal year concluded as of the first day of January preceding the date when the statement is required to be filed.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsections A and B of this section, where the owner of the property has not operated the property and is without knowledge of the income and expenses of the operation of the property for a consecutive twelve-month period concluded as of the first day of April preceding the date the statement shall be filed, then the statement shall be for the period of ownership.
The Assessor may, for good cause shown, extend the time for filing an income and expense statement by a period not to exceed 30 days.
Such statements shall contain the following declaration: "I certify that all information contained in this statement is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. I understand that the willful making of any false statement of material fact herein will subject me to the provisions of the law relevant to the making and filing of false instruments and will render this statement null and void."
The form on which such statement shall be submitted shall be prepared by the Assessor, and copies of such form shall be made available at the Village Assessor's office in the Village of Spring Valley.
In the event that an owner of income-producing property fails to file an income and expense statement within the time prescribed in § 119-1, of this article (including any extension of time for filing), the Board of Assessment Review shall deny any complaint filed in relation to the assessment of such owner's property for said year.
Editor's Note: The Board of Assessment Review in the Village was abolished 11-30-2016 by L.L. No. 5-2016.
In the event an income and expense statement required under the provisions of this article has not been timely filed, the Assessor may compel by subpoena a production of the books and records of the owner relevant to the income and expenses of the property and may also make an application to any court of competent jurisdiction for an order compelling the owner to furnish the required income and expense statement and the books and records relating to the income and expenses of the property. In the event such an order is issued, the Assessor shall be entitled to recover from the owner the costs and expenses, including attorney's fees, incurred by the Village in connection with the proceeding to obtain and enforce the order.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- INCOME-PRODUCING PROPERTY
- As used in this article, any property owned for the purpose of securing an income from the property itself, but shall not include residential property containing three or fewer dwelling units or property classified in class one as defined in Article 18 of the Real Property Tax Law of the State of New York.
Except in accordance with proper judicial order or as otherwise provided by law, it shall be unlawful for the Assessor, or any official or employee of the Village, any member of the Village Board of Trustees or the Board of Assessment Review, any person engaged or retained by the Village, any person who, pursuant to this article, is permitted to inspect any income and/or expense statement or to whom a copy, an abstract or a portion of any such statement is furnished, to divulge or make known in any manner the amount of income and/or expense or any particulars set forth or disclosed in any such statement required under this law. The officers charged with custody of such statements shall not be required to produce any income and expense statement or evidence of anything contained in said statement in any action or proceeding in any court, except on behalf of the Village or Assessor. Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit the delivery to an owner or its duly authorized representative of a certified copy of any statement filed by such owner pursuant to this article or to prohibit the publication of statistics so classified as to prevent the identification of particular statements and the items thereof, or delivery of a copy to a legal representative or other professional retained by the Village Board of Trustees or the Board of Assessment Review with respect to proceeding to review said assessment and for no other purpose. Any violation of the provisions of this article shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or by imprisonment not exceeding one year, or both, at the discretion of the court, and if the offender be an officer or employee of the Village or member of the Board of Assessment Review, the offender shall be dismissed from office upon compliance with the Civil Service Law and/or all applicable laws.