NYC billboard tax?

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Historically New York City has had the right, backed up by the courts, to control the number of billboards that visually pollute our city as well as collect taxes on them. But the Daily News today notes that if the GOP in Albany has their way that all might change. See, in the budget resolution the State Senate adopted last week there is a tiny billboard provision (a sum total of three lines on page 42 in this 51-page document) which would put New York City billboards, and just our billboards, under the control of the NYS DOT. In the News’ words this would be “a way to circumvent the city’s overly restrictive zoning codes and allow more revenue-generating signs.”
http://gothamist.com/2011/03/17/state_senate_makes_a_move_for_new_y.php

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