New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a law to cap agricultural land assessment increases at two percent a year.
Cuomo says the measure is meant to keep farmers on their land by protecting them from "unsustainable" tax hikes.
State officials say Tuesday the base assessment value for agricultural land has nearly doubled over the past seven years, leading to high property tax increases.
The previous cap was 10 percent. About 25 percent of New York's land is used in agriculture.
Several New York state Senators gathered this morning at the capitol in Albany to introduce a package of legislation they say would strengthen the state’s agricultural industry.
WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with Senator Patty Ritchie, Republican of the 48th district and chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee about the "Grown in New York" plan.