SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Municipalities across New York State face financial struggles, including those communities with a high percentage of tax exempt properties.
According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, more than 25 percent of real property value across the state is exempted to government owned properties, non-profits, and commercial enterprises.
DiNapoli said that puts an added burden on residents and businesses that do not pay property taxes. However, he acknowledged Syracuse for finding creative ways to offset some of those losses.
Syracuse has reached service agreements with Syracuse University and two of the local hospitals.
"The message is you can make progress if you engage in a constructive way and have an open dialogue about mutual needs," said DiNapoli.
The comptroller said Syracuse, Ithaca and Ogdensburg are among the cities with the highest percentage of exempt property value. Tompkins, Saint Lawrence and Lewis Counties, also have a high percentage of tax exempt properties.