The Third Department, over a two-justice dissent, determined the city properly amended its charter by deleting the provisions requiring the city to enforce payment of delinquent property taxes, thereby imposing that duty upon the county:
By adopting Local Law No. 2, the City amended its charter by deleting the provisions requiring the City to enforce the payment of delinquent taxes, leaving the County with that obligation under RPTL article 11. The City was statutorily authorized to do so pursuant to RPTL 1104 (2), which recognizes that a city charter “may from time to time be amended.” As a consequence of the amendment, the City is no longer a “tax district” for purposes of RPTL article 11 … and the County treasurer becomes the enforcing officer … . As such, the County treasurer is statutorily required to credit the City for unpaid delinquent taxes upon the return at the end of the fiscal year … . This outcome is neither an expansion nor impairment of the County’s powers but simply a consequence of the statutory structure outlined in RPTL articles 9 and 11. Matter of St. Lawrence County v City of Ogdensburg, 2022 NY Slip Op 04932, Third Dept 8-11-22
Practice Point: Here the city, pursuant to the Real Property Tax Law, properly amended its charter to remove the provisions requiring the city to enforce payment of delinquent property taxes, a duty which now falls upon the county.