Issues: Property Tax

Senate Approves Property Tax Cap, Mandate Relief

ALBANY, 01/31/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today announced senate approval of a property tax cap and companion legislation aimed at eliminating unfunded state mandates on school districts and local governments.

“Property taxpayers in New York State are tapped out,” said Senator Seward.  “Enacting a property tax cap is a commonsense approach that will provide significant savings and help families and senior citizens afford to stay in their homes.

January 31, 2011
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LaValle Votes to Cap Property Taxes.

Fulfilling a campaign promise, New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle  (R,C,I – Port Jefferson)  voted today to cap property taxes to the lesser of 2% or the annual increase in the consumer price index (CPI).  Senate Republicans first passed a property tax cap in 2008, but the measure was never acted upon by the Assembly. LaValle said 43 other states have some type of property tax cap and have seen property tax reductions.

“Everything that has been tried to provide relief to taxpayers, up to this point, has not worked,” LaValle said, adding that he has been pushing for a tax cap for many years. “This bill will provide real relief to homeowners who are paying the highest property taxes in the nation,” LaValle said.

January 31, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF PROPERTY TAX CAP AND MANDATE RELIEF BILLS IN THE STATE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) announced the passage of Governor Cuomo’s real property tax cap bill in the State Senate.  The imposition of a property tax cap will benefit local taxpayers by limiting the annual tax levies imposed by school districts and local governments.

 The bill limits the local tax levies to 2% or 120% of the consumer price index, whichever is less.  Exceptions to the cap include support for capital expenditures approved by the voters.

January 31, 2011
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STAR Property Tax Exemption Information

STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences.  There are two levels of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.Basic STAR is available to residents who own and live in their own 1- ,2- , or 3-family house, condominium, or cooperative apartment and earn less than $500,000 a year.  There is no age limit for Basic STAR.  For qualifying homeowners, Basic STAR exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes.

January 31, 2011
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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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Ball Urges Voters to Demand Bi-Partisan and Immediate Passage of Property Tax Cap and Mandate Relief

Ball: It is time for the voters to hold their elected officials accountable

BREWSTER, NY (1/30/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), the Senate Majority representative on Governor Cuomo’s Savings and Government Efficiency Commission, today urged voters throughout New York State to call their Senators and Assemblymen on Monday to urge bi-partisan support and immediate passage of a 2% Property Tax Cap for local governments and school districts, as well as mandate relief that requires the state to fund the additional net costs of any state mandated programs. Ball co-sponsors the two bills, which will come to a vote on the floor of the Senate on Monday and has the support of the Senate Majority Conference.

"We have a Senate Majority who gets it, and a Governor who seems to get it. Now it is time for the voters to hold their elected officials accountable for the promises made during their campaigns and demand widespread, bi-partisan support for the passage of this 2% Property Tax Cap, as well as Mandate Reform. That bi-partisan support needs to be immediate because these reforms are needed immediately," Ball said. “Working families, small businesses, and seniors are struggling and the American Dream of homeownership has become a nightmare for many. None of us milked the cows before coming to Albany today, and we’re not going home tonight to slop the hogs. Yet, we still have a property tax model based on generating income from a family farm.”

January 30, 2011
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No Time to Waste: Hold the Line and Pass the Cap

Senate Democrats Announce Support for Property Tax Cap; Senator Tim Kennedy Proposes Comprehensive Property Tax Relief Plan

(Albany, NY) As millions of New Yorkers struggle to keep their homes due to skyrocketing property taxes, Senate Democratic leadership, members and local taxpayers from across the state announced their support for immediate passage of Governor Cuomo’s two-percent property tax cap to hold the line on taxes for Middle Class families. Building on his support for Governor Cuomo’s tax cap, Senator Tim Kennedy unveiled a comprehensive property tax relief plan.

Senator Kennedy’s property tax relief plan would:

January 24, 2011
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LaValle Legislative Kick-Off: Economy and Jobs Top Agenda; Senate Votes on Jobs Creation and Taxpayer’s Protection Act.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I – Port Jefferson) said he voted today for the Senate Majority’s Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011. LaValle said the three-part plan encourages the creation of new, private-sector jobs and ensures fiscal responsibility, including the enactment of a two percent state spending cap requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes.

The people of the First Senatorial District made it abundantly clear during the last election cycle,” LaValle said, “No new taxes and we need jobs, jobs, jobs.”

January 19, 2011
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Extreme Makeover New York

ONEONTA, 01/07/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today outlined his legislative agenda for the 2011 session of the New York State Senate.  Seward’s plan, dubbed “Extreme Makeover: New York” focuses on smart budget cuts, property tax relief, economic development and government reform.  

“New York is ready for a complete overhaul.  My ‘Extreme Makeover: New York’ initiative includes calculated cost cutting that will provide our state with financial stability, tax relief that will help people with their own bottom line, business stimulating actions aimed at jumpstarting job growth and government reforms to restore public confidence in Albany.

January 7, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS NASSAU COUNTY RESIDENTS THAT DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR STAR PROGRAM & OTHER PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS IS JANUARY 3RD

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding all Nassau County residents that the deadline to file applications for New York State’s STAR program and other property tax exemptions offered by Nassau County is January 3, 2011.

December 6, 2010
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Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action

Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Chair of Senate Committee on Cities

November, 2010 Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action Update.

File: 
Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action.pdf

December 1, 2010
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Property Tax Cap - Just A Start

ALBANY, 08/03/10 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today voted in favor of senate bill 67005 establishing a property tax cap for school districts and local governments.

Seward says while the property tax cap will help keep taxes in check it is only part of the answer.  He says meaningful mandate relief is needed to help overburdened local governments and school districts effectively cut costs.

The bill was sent to the assembly.

October 20, 2010
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Department of Finance at Ridgewood Older Adult Center

Senator Addabbo has invited the Department of Finance to individually speak with seniors at the Ridgewood Older Adults Center to see if they're eligible for a reduction of their property tax bill. If they meet the criteria they could save up to 50%. The event will be held from 11AM to 1PM.

October 29, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Department of Finance at the Middle Village Senior Center

Senator Addabbo has invited the Department of Finance to meet individually with the seniors to see if they are eligible for property tax cuts. If they meet certain criteria the seniors can save up to 50% off their property taxes. So please join us on Friday, October 22nd from 11AM to 1PM to see if you qualify.

October 28, 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Department of Finance at Ozone Park Senior Center

Senator Addabbo has invited the Department of Finance to meet individually with the seniors to see if they are eligible for property tax cuts. If they meet certain criteria the seniors can save up to 50% off their property taxes. So please join us on Friday, October 22nd from 11AM to 1PM to see if you qualify.

October 22, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Property Tax Cap Long Overdue

As school property tax bills arrive in mailboxes across upstate New York the volume of phone calls, e-mails and letters from concerned homeowners to my office rises daily.  The message from many is simple: “I don’t know how I am going to pay this bill.” 

Several dynamics are factoring in this year, creating some of the highest tax bills in our state’s history.

September 24, 2010
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BONACIC: WHY WAIT FOR NEW GOVERNOR ON TAX CAP!

 State  Senator  John  J.  Bonacic  (R/I/C  – Mt. Hope), is urging the Governor  to  call  the special Legislative session and force a vote on the school  property  tax  cap  in  the  State  Assembly.  The State Senate has repeatedly passed a school property tax cap.

Attorney  General  Andrew  Cuomo  has proposed a 2% tax cap on school property  taxes – which Senator Bonacic supports.  The NY Post has reported that  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is open to supporting a tax cap – but only if Cuomo is elected Governor.

September 23, 2010
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Sign Senator Klein's Petition to Bring Property Tax Cap Legislation to Assembly Floor

Dear Homeowners,

The State Senate twice this year has passed a cap to reign in skyrocketing property taxes, only to have our proposals blocked from a vote in the Assembly. I have met with numerous property taxpayers from not only Westchester, but from across New York State. These hard working New Yorkers have been demanding property tax relief for some time and have received no help from Assembly leadership. Please join me in signing this petition and demand that the Assembly put this critically important legislation to a vote on their floor. The legislation can be viewed here: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/api/1.0/html/bill/S67005

Sincerely,

Jeffrey D. Klein, SD-34

September 21, 2010
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