Berne receives extension for property tax payments

BERNE — The deadline for residents to pay property taxes in the town of Berne has been extended by 21 days, to Feb. 21.

Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered extensions to four counties and to over 70 other towns in the state due to inclement winter weather on or after Jan. 19. Berne is the only town in Albany County to receive the extension, along with nearby towns like Cobleskill in Schoharie County and New Baltimore in Greene County.

Supervisor Sean Lyons said that he applied for Berne’s extension after he received an email from the Association of Towns of the State of New York on Feb. 7 about the opportunity to apply by Feb. 8. The winter storm on Jan. 19 and subsequent extreme cold led to Albany County and the town of Knox declaring states of emergency.

Lyons said the storm impacted both the postal service and travel in the area. A winter storm also hit the area at the end of last month.

Property taxes for were due on Jan. 31, said Lyons, with late penalties being issued after that. The governor’s executive order extends this deadline until Feb. 21. The supervisor said that refunds for late penalties, currently being discussed by the town attorney and the tax collector, will likely total a few hundred dollars.

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