Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that legislation he sponsored in the New York State Senate to cap property tax growth has been successfully passed. The legislation, which is now in the hands of the Assembly, would cap the growth of school and local taxes at two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less.
In addition, the Republican-led Senate approved two measures related to providing mandate relief to school districts and local governments.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is urging all homeowners to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) program prior to the upcoming March 1st deadline if they have not done so already. This program provides New York homeowners with partial exemptions from school property taxes that are taken directly off taxpayers property tax bills.
Homeowners who have not yet signed up for the STAR program can apply with their town assessor’s office.
To gather expert testimony on the most effective way for New York State to proceed in its efforts to provide tax relief to its residents while protecting valuable services, Senator Jack M. Martins, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, and Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, hosted a joint hearing entitled “The True Path to Reducing New York’s Real Property Tax Burden: Mandate Relief and Tax Caps”.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Legislature has finalized the state budget prior to the April 1st deadline. The budget, which was crafted by working with Governor Andrew Cuomo, achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.
Long Island’s nine Republican State Senators joined a local family at their home to again urge the New York Assembly’s Democratic leaders to finally pass a school and local government tax cap. This legislation, which passed the Senate in January at the
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and representatives of business organizations today to urge the Assembly Majority to pass a meaningful property tax cap bill. Senator Flanagan sponsored and voted for property tax cap legislation earlier this year that was proposed and supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo.