Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Property Tax Cap

April 26, 2012

Published reports show the vast majority of school districts throughout New York are presenting budgets to voters that fall within the 2 percent property tax cap adopted by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.  This is good news for taxpayers.

Passage of a school property tax cap which finally slams the door on massive tax increases that middle-class families could not afford was a long-held priority of the Senate Republican conference.  In fact, the
Senate approved the very first property tax cap bill in 2008.

I am pleased that we have successfully worked with Governor Cuomo and the Assembly to produce two budgets that reduced state spending, and enacted a property tax cap that helps taxpayers and moves our state forward.