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Senate Passes Historic Property Tax Cap Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes. The bill (S.5856), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, will cap school and local government taxes to less than two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower. Mandate relief is also included, with $127 million in savings to local governments, in addition to the creation of a Mandate Relief Council to identify and repeal unsound, unduly burdensome laws and regulations.

June 24, 2011
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Property Tax Cap

Almost four months ago the Senate passed the hard property tax cap legislation proposed by Governor Cuomo.  Since then, Senate Republicans have advocated every day for the enactment of a strong property tax cap. Other than the sunset provision and minor technical issues, we have reached a three-way agreement on a bill that achieves our goals and includes 95 percent of the bill we already passed and will finally put the brakes on skyrocketing property taxes. This agreement maintains the maximum two-percent increase threshold on the total tax levy, as well as the 60 percent level necessary for school district voters to override the cap that were included in the original legislation passed by the Senate.  

May 24, 2011
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Senator Skelos' Statement on Governor Cuomo's Property Tax Cap Tour

Today, Governor Cuomo begins a statewide tour in support of his legislation to enact a hard property tax cap in New York.  The Governor is right - - soaring property taxes are driving middle-class families out of their homes and forcing businesses to flee the state.    That’s why the State Senate overwhelmingly passed the Governor’s property tax cap bill earlier this year, and why we’re working so hard to provide New Yorkers with meaningful relief.  If the Assembly leadership is serious about controlling property taxes, they will join us in passing the Governor’s bill.

May 10, 2011
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Latest Property Tax Data Makes Case for Cap

Senate Republicans today renewed their call for the Assembly to act on the Governor’s property tax cap legislation in light of new data showing New Yorkers pay the highest property taxes in the United States. The latest property tax data from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation ranks Nassau County first and Westchester County second, as the counties with the highest property taxes in the nation.  The median amount of property taxes paid in Nassau is $8,478, slightly higher than Westchester.  Rockland County ranked as the fifth highest in the country, Suffolk County was 12th.

April 27, 2011
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Senate & Assembly Republicans, Business Community Step Up Pressure on Assembly Majority to Pass Property Tax Bill

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and representatives of business organizations today urged the Assembly Majority to act on a meaningful property tax cap bill.  The Senate overwhelmingly passed Governor Cuomo’s property tax cap legislation with bipartisan support earlier this year. 

April 12, 2011
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Press Conference: News Conference on Property Tax Cap

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and representatives of business organizations from across the state will hold a news conference on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 124 of the Capitol to urge the Assembly to act on the Governor’s property tax cap legislation.

Joining members of the Senate and Assembly Republican conferences at the event will be representatives of the following organizations: The Business Council of New York State; Long Island Association; National Federation of Independent Business; North Country Chamber of Commerce; Westchester County Association; Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce; and The Business Council of Westchester.

 

April 12, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senate Passes Property Tax Cap Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed property tax relief legislation (S.2706) that would place a cap on the growth of school property taxes at two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less. If enacted, New York would become the 44th state to cap local property taxes.  In addition, the Senate approved two measures related to providing mandate relief to school districts and local governments.

January 31, 2011
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January 31, 2011
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