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The Board of Aldermen Ways and Means Committee Today decided not to have a special election for another tax. Instead they are waiting till the August 7, 2018, a statewide Primary Election. This means the City will not have to spend $350,000 on an unbudgeted special election.
Board Bill 58 by 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway would repeal the Payroll Tax Exemption on Nonprofits with more than 20 employees, subject to public vote.
The Committee did not vote out the bill Today. They just amended it with the August 2018 date. Had Prop P failed Tuesday, this would have been a Spring special election. It is basically now sitting in committee waiting to go to the full Board of Aldermen.
If approved by voters, religious and charitable organizations and institutions, not-for-profit civic, social, service or fraternal organizations, not-for-profit hospitals and not-for-profit educational institutions that employ more than twenty (20) employees would all be subject to the City’s patrol tax. They are currently exempt.
The money would go to General Revenue for appropriation by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President). Technically, the Board of Aldermen also have a role in this but E&A are really the decision makers.
Today’s Ways & Means Committee meeting is available on YouTube here
Competing payroll tax legislation was assigned to the Legislation Committee, not Ways & Means. Board Bill 117 by 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green and 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia would establish a 5 Year Temporary 1/2% Payroll Tax on employees of For Profit businesses and Nonprofits with 250 or more employees for purposes of funding Public Safety, subject to public vote. This board bill has not had a committee hearing.