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Ulster County Property Taxes On the Rise

Has anyone been following the story about the New York State Property Tax Cap? As far as I understand it, Cuomo ushered through some legislation late last year that caps the increase in property taxes at 2% or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. Sounds good, right? Here’s the catch: municipalities can vote out the cap (which doesn’t apply to NYC, by the way). “Communities may raise or lower property taxes according to the needs of the community. If the taxpayers want to pay more taxes they can, and they can override the cap with a 60 percent vote for schools and by a 60 percent vote of the governing body for local governments.”

In Ulster County, all but two municipalities opted out of the cap, according to the Daily Freeman. Here’s the skinny:

“According to the  Real Property Tax Service Agency, 2012 county tax rates per $1,000 of assessed property value will be as follows.

• Denning: $23.34, up 8.4 percent from $21.53 in 2011.
• Esopus: $4.25, up 8.4 percent from $3.92.
• Gardiner: $4.85 per $1,000, up 2.3 percent from $4.74.
• Hardenburgh: $6.39, up 8.3 percent from $5.90.
• Hurley: $4.02, up 0.5 percent from $4.
• Kingston (town): $4.69, up 1.5 percent from $4.62.
• Kingston (city): $4.24, up 8.4 percent from $3.91.
• Lloyd: $4.24, up 8.4 percent from $3.91.
• Marbletown: $3.95, up 1.3 percent from $3.90.
• Marlborough: $4.27, up 8.4 percent from $3.94.
• New Paltz: $4.23, up 8.5 percent from $3.90.
• Olive: $4.21, up 8.5 percent from $3.88.
• Plattekill: $4.27, down 0.6 percent from $4.30.
• Rochester: $4.23, up 4.2 percent from $4.06.
• Rosendale: $4.25, up 8.4 percent from $3.92.
• Saugerties: $4.27, up 8.7 percent from $3.93.
• Shandaken: $18.30, up 8.3 percent from $16.89.
• Shawangunk: $21.35, up 3 percent from $20.72.
• Ulster: $5.24, down 0.2 percent from $5.25.
• Wawarsing: $257.92, up 8.3 percent from $238.05.
• Woodstock: $4.43, up 3.7 percent from $4.27.

That means that for lower taxes, head to Plattekill or the town of Ulster. Upstater will check those towns out soon!

Gardiner Barn Holiday Rental, $173/night

It might be torturous to rent this place in winter when it looks out on a pool and tennis courts (unless you’re planning to join the Polar Bear Club on New Year’s Eve). Butwith those mountain views and that nice kitchen, might be worth it. You don’t actually rent the entire 173-foot-long barn, but rather a two-bedroom apartment within the barn. It’s in Gardiner, near New Paltz. We haven’t made it to Gardiner but have heard good things about it from someone who has a second home there. You can also hire a “natural, gourmet cook” to bring your relaxation to the next level.

5-Bedroom Victorian Farmhouse in Gardiner, $329,000

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In general, when an upstate New York real estate listing shows more pictures of the surroundings (and the sun setting over mackerel skies) than the interiors, you should be nervous. But a quick peek inside this five-bedroom Victorian in Gardiner, N.Y. shows no offenses, other than perhaps a bit too much country charm; the decor is a little shabby chic for our taste.

We met a woman who lives in Queens and keeps a second home in Gardiner last week, and she gave it the full thumbs up: rural, quiet, friendly, close to New Paltz if you want a nice dinner or trip to the museum, but far enough away to not be surrounded by drunken hippie college students.

The main problem we can see with this house for sale in Gardiner, N.Y. is that it’s on a busy road–they call it Albany Post Road, but they mean Route 9. Still, it has three private acres, four bathrooms and meadow and mountain views–a bit of traffic might be worth it.

1538 Albany Post Road, Gardiner, N.Y.
Distance to NYC: 65 miles; one hour, 50 minutes
Transportation: Bus to New Paltz
Land: 3.3 acres
Neighbors? No
Water: No
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4

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