Issues: Property Tax

Reforming Medicaid to Relieve Your Property Tax Burden

 

Dear Taxpayer,

 

This year, working with Governor Cuomo, we were able to enact a long-overdue property tax cap that caps property taxes at 2 percent annually. This is a great first step, but as I have said all along, capping property taxes can only work when combined with comprehensive mandate relief for local governments.

November 10, 2011
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Tax Cap Has Bi-Partisan Support

When the last legislative session began, Governor Cuomo and the Senate decided to enact an important measure to reign in out-of-control property tax increases. With bi-partisan support in the Senate and the Assembly, a 2 percent property tax cap was passed to slow the growth of taxes being imposed on families and businesses throughout the state and especially here on Long Island.

Governor Cuomo recently explained the need for a tax cap:

November 9, 2011
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Foreclosure and Homeownersip Preservation

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyContact: Bryant G.

November 4, 2011
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Calendar Quirk Won't Cost Taxpayers

ONEONTA, 11/01/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded an administrative decision to reschedule the due date for an “extra” mandated Medicaid payment from counties in 2012.  The slight postponement will save homeowners and taxpayers millions of dollars statewide.

“Local elected leaders are already dealing with enough bureaucratic red tape and increased costs without adding an unintentional calendar quirk to the equation,” said Senator Seward.  “By reversing the mandate that would have forced counties to write an additional check in 2012, taxpayers will avoid a costly expense.”

November 1, 2011
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Senator Valesky sits down with local agri-business for ThoughtRaiser.

Yesterday, I met with several agri-business owners and operators to discuss how NY can make it easier for them to succeed.

October 21, 2011
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Seward Pledges Real Property Tax Relief Through Major Medicaid Reform

ONEONTA, 10/17/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation (S.5889-B) that will reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system through a phased-in state takeover - gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments and funded by property taxes.

“After working for years to convert the masses in Albany, a property tax cap is finally in place,” said Senator Seward.  “The cap is a major milestone but it needs to be linked to substantial mandate relief for local governments – a step we can take by exorcising the biggest mandate demon – Medicaid.”

October 17, 2011
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Senator Oppenheimer Joins Bipartisan Effort to Eliminate Unfunded Mandate in Medicaid Cost Structure and Reduce Property Taxes

On October 3, 2011, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer joined with state and local officials from throughout New York to support legislation (S.5889B/A.8644) that would structurally reform the existing Medicaid cost structure and shift the local share of Medicaid costs to the State.

"I have long supported a state takeover of Medicaid costs, the largest unfunded mandate placed on the property tax," said Senator Oppenheimer.  "Local governments must be given the means to reduce their costs and lower the property tax burden.  I co-sponsor this proposal because it provides real relief for taxpayers in the form of a freeze on increases now and a phased-in assumption of Medicaid costs by the State."

October 6, 2011
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TWO SENATOR DEFRANCISCO TAX BILLS BECOME LAW

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) has announced that Governor Cuomo signed into law two tax bills that he sponsored this year. 
The first law amends an existing tax law to allow for a refund when a personal or corporate income tax overpayment is made instead of applying it to the following year.

September 30, 2011
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Gallivan Continues Statewide Tour To Eliminate Counties' Medicaid Mandate, Provide Property Tax Relief

Buffalo -- Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-Erie, Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D,I,WF-Westchester) were joined by state and local officials from across western New York Wednesday to announce bipartisan legislation (S.5889-B) that will structurally reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system by incrementally transferring full responsibility for funding the $44 billion program to the State -- gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments. Senator Roy McDonald (R,C,I – Saratoga) is also a primary sponsor of the Senate legislation, but was unable to join his colleagues at the press conference.

September 29, 2011
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Gallivan, McDonald, Paulin Announce Local Mandate Relief Legislation

Senators Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie) and Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga), and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) will propose reforms to the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid System that will provide immediate and permanent mandate relief for the State’s struggling local governments.

September 20, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Speaks at Medicaid Mandate Relief Press Conference

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie) will propose reforms to the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid System that will provide immediate and permanent mandate relief for the State’s struggling local governments.

September 20, 2011
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Gallivan seeks to provide unprecedented mandate relief for local governments

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie), Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) conducted a press conference Monday in Albany to outline a plan to structurally reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system by incrementally transferring full responsibility for funding the $44 billion program to the State -- gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments.

September 20, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS NASSAU COUNTY RESIDENTS TO SAVE ON SCHOOL TAXES THROUGH THE STAR PROGRAM

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding all Nassau County residents that they can save on their school taxes through New York State’s STAR program.

September 7, 2011
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New York State Guidelines For Implementing the Property Tax Cap

The tax cap enacted by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by the Governor limits the annual growth of property tax levies at 2 percent or the rates of inflation, whichever is less. This applies to county, town and village governments as well as special districts that has authority to levy a tax and school districts.

The cap first applies to budgets beginning in 2012. Local budgets that commenced in 2011 but conclude in 2012 are not affected.

The tax cap allows for a limited number of exclusions to the tax levy limits. The exclusions are for tort actions and pension rate growth about 2 percent.

September 7, 2011
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Website Created For Information on Tax Cap

A website has been created by the New York State Comptroller to give local governments information on the property tax cap. The legislation creating the tax cap was passed with bi-partisan support in the Senate and Assembly and signed into law by the Governor. The law caps tax levy increases for local governments and school districts at 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

The cap will go into effect for the 2012 fiscal year and the 2012-2013 school year.

The website can be found at http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/realprop/index.htm.

September 1, 2011
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PROPERTY TAX CAP & MANDATE RELIEF

 

Senator Ball Provides Clarity on Complicated Issues

July 21, 2011
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Senator Robach Joins Governor Cuomo for Property Tax Cap Signing

On Thursday, July 7th, Senator Robach joined Governor Cuomo as he signed into law the Property Tax Cap, which the New York State Legislature recently passed. Governor Cuomo signed the property tax cap at the home of Mike and Amanda Ostrander in Irondequoit. Like many taxpayers in Monroe County, the Ostranders, parents of two children, have made sacrifices to afford the state's skyrocketing property taxes. Mike is an attorney and Amanda is an Adult literacy teacher who also volunteers at a local day care. They pay nearly $5,000 annually in property taxes, well above the median property tax bill in New York state. This law will provide meaningful tax relief to the Ostrander family and other homeowners across New York.

July 12, 2011
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Governor Signs Tax Cap Into Law

From Anton Community Newspapers

By Rich Forestano and Melissa Argueta

It was met with ire by school districts and local villages and commended by residents and businesses. But on June 30, with positives and negatives aside, the bill became law.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Lynbrook last week to sign the 2 percent property tax cap into law. The tax cap was a major platform Governor Cuomo touted during his campaign to deliver property tax relief to homeowners and business owners across the state.

July 11, 2011
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Electeds BRiNG FREE Tax Lien HELP TO CONSTITUENTS IN DEBT TO NYC

Senator Joe Addabbo, Assembly Member Mike Miller, City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley Bring NYC DEP, DOF and HPD Reps to Glendale to Help District Property Owners

 

July 11, 2011
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