New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law
Exemption From Taxation
1. It is hereby determined that the creation of a trust pursuant to this article and the carrying out of its corporate purposes are in all respects for the benefit of the people of the state, for the improvement of their health and welfare, and for the promotion of the economy; that said purposes are public purposes; and that a trust will perform an essential governmental function by exercising the powers conferred upon it by this article and by special law.
2. Notwithstanding any other provision of any other law to the contrary, the income, monies, operations and properties of a trust shall be exempt from taxation, including without limitation any and all state and local income, franchise, occupancy, transfer, recording, real property, sales and compensating use taxation. Any combined-use facility, including the non-institutional portion thereof, any facility for a not-for-profit cultural organization and any public television facility with respect to which a trust entered an agreement prior to January first, nineteen hundred ninety which has been developed by or on behalf of, or pursuant to an agreement with, or in whole or in part with the proceeds of a loan from a trust and any real property in or on which all or any part of any such facility prior to completion is designed to be and upon completion is developed shall be exempt from real property taxation from and after the date on which such real property has first been conveyed to the trust, or in the case of the development of a public television facility with respect to which a trust entered an agreement prior to January first, nineteen hundred ninety by a public television station or a facility for a not-for-profit cultural organization in whole or in part with proceeds of a loan from a trust, from and after the date on which such real property has first been conveyed to such station. In the case of a combined-use facility for a performing arts center with respect to which a trust entered an agreement prior to January first, nineteen hundred ninety, the non-institutional portion shall not be exempt from real property taxation from and after the date a trust conveys such non-institutional portion to any non-exempt third party.
3. The state covenants with all holders and transferees of bonds and notes issued by a trust, in consideration of the acceptance of and payment for the bonds and notes, that the bonds and notes of the trust, and the interest thereon and income therefrom and all its properties, income, fees, charges, gifts, grants, revenues, receipts, and other monies received or to be received, shall at all times be free from income and other taxation, except for estate or gift taxes on such bonds and notes and taxes on transfers.