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Senator Ball Provides Clarity on Complicated Issues

Brewster, N.Y. – (07/21/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is leading a local effort to provide clarity on the recently passed Property Tax Cap & Mandate Relief Bill (S.5856). The legislation, which passed on the last day of the legislative session, aims to control skyrocketing property taxes for homeowners by capping property taxes at 2%, and setting up a system to do away with unfunded mandates for local schools and governments. 


Today, Senator Ball facilitated a teleconference between the town supervisors in his 40th Senate District and the New York State Senate Assistant Director of Finance, Shawn McKinnon. Also included on the call was Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy (R), Philipstown Supervisor Richard Shea (D), North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas (R), Yorktown Supervisor Susan Siegel (R) and Cortland Comptroller Glenn Cestaro. 


McKinnon fielded dozens of questions from local leaders who remain concerned about how the Property Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Bill will affect their communities. Ball said, “We’re having these teleconferences to get your input and understand your concerns, so that when we head back to Albany, we’re able to bring any necessary tweaks to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ office.”


Philipstown Supervisor Richard Shea thanked the Senator for holding the teleconference saying, “A positive is that this forces a conversation with constituents at a local level on what services are really needed.” 


In  addition to today’s teleconference, Senator Ball has organized a Mandate Relief Advisory Council, designed to field input and answer questions from local leaders who are most affected by unfunded mandates. The Council, which consists of 18 members, is meeting for the first time tonight, July 21, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at Senator Ball’s district office located at 1441 Route 22 in Brewster,  N.Y. The Council is being chaired by Putnam County Executive Paul Eldridge. 


“During New York State budget deliberations this year, a two percent cap was passed which applies to local governments in 2012,” said Eldridge. “Any tax cap must have accompanying relief from mandated federal and state government programs. Unfortunately, significant and concurrent mandate relief did not take place, leaving local government trapped in a constricting squeezing vise,” added Eldridge. 


Members of the media are welcomed and encouraged to attend tonight’s Mandate Relief Advisory Council Meeting. 


For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Ali Skinner: (845) 200-9716.