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Patch: Is there Enough Mandate Relief With the Tax Cap?


7/5/2011 - The new property tax cap, which limits annual increases to the lesser of 2 percent or inflation – contains several provisions that relief municipalities and school districts relief from state mandates. The question, however, is whether or not they go far enough.

For example, reacting to the passage of the cap, Mount Kisco trustees were critical of the fact that it primarily includes minor changes, such as relaxing salary level requirements for local police chiefs and being able to piggyback on federal contracts.

In his personal opinion, Mayor Michael Cindrich felt that the relief is “a good step” but added “obviously it needs a little more work.” When asked for examples, Cindrich cited employee pension changes – an often discussed item in the area – as an example.

State Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson), whose district includes Mount Kisco, told our Capitol DisPatch writer, “People also have to understand that this legislation creates the framework for doing away with unfunded mandates comprehensively, and we will hopefully do exactly that in the coming years,” Ball said. (READ MORE)

Publication date: 
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 00:00