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Conte: Assembly Needs to Pass a Property Tax Cap

Assemblyman Jim Conte

The office of Jim Conte issued this release:

Assemblyman Jim Conte (R,I,C,WF-Huntington Station) today called on the leadership of the New York City dominated Assembly Majority conference to bring the governor’s property tax cap bill to the floor of the Assembly for a vote. The governor’s bill to cap property tax increases at 2 percent was passed earlier this year in the Senate and has broad public support. In fact, a recent Siena College poll showed that property taxes were rated the top statewide concern among Empire State residents.

“With the state budget enacted and school budget votes looming in the near future, now is the time to enact a property tax cap to provide needed relief to Long Island homeowners,” said Conte. “For years, Long Islanders have seen the tax bills for their homes skyrocket with little long-term relief coming from Albany. By capping property taxes, lawmakers can take the first step toward addressing this urgent matter and begin the task of reducing unfunded mandates that are the root cause of these exorbitant property tax bills.”

Assemblyman Conte argued that a property tax cap is the first step toward providing Long Island homeowners with much-needed relief and noted that when Massachusetts instituted its tax cap in 1980 that state’s property taxes were among the nation’s highest. Today, the Bay State’s property taxes are significantly lower.

“A tax cap is the first step at lowering Long Island’s out-of-control property taxes, said Conte. “By combining a tax cap with unfunded state mandate relief, lawmakers can transform the state’s tax structure while finally providing real and lasting relief from our region’s burdensome property taxes.”

Assemblyman Conte’s YouTube link from today’s press conference can be found here <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9m227GTt8E> or at this address: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9m227GTt8E

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3 comments to Conte: Assembly Needs to Pass a Property Tax Cap

  • Quote:
    I don’t even have children in the LI public school system but I’m paying an arm and a leg in school taxes—- which were raised this year ! It’s out of control ! These schools need to do more with less and eliminate many of the high- paying repetitive administration positions ! Bring on a renter’s tax and get some revenue from these renters who have 3-5 or more kids per house in the schools and are paying NOTHING!
    I could not agree more with the above

  • longtime hs resident

    The only way we will ever get property tax relief is with a tax cap and school district consolidations. You will never get teachers and administrators to take a cut in pay, as that would reduce their ultimate NY State pension. Only by eliminating positions, forcing smaller districts to merge, coop purchases of fuel and supplies, and re-evaluating core education programs that focus on test scores will Long Island schools emerge from the financial crisis they have brought us to. Start with a 2% tax cap that can be increased with a 60% voter approval, and the rest will follow. Otherwise, Long Island will become one big ghost town. Will the last LI homeowner please turn off the lights when you leave?

  • My Town Too

    Mandates that are unfunded are one of the biggest drivers of higher taxes for all of us. It will take the legislature to get rid of them and if they pass a tax cap first, they will wipe their hands of the mandate issue fast.
    We need both to happen and we know that the cap will probably pass, we don’t know what strength there is for mandate relief.

    As to the renters, one would assume that they are paying some portion of the property tax (which includes the school tax) included in their rent! Obviously, the landlord is liable for the taxes. Perhaps you are talking about the problem of having more than one family living in a single family house – that’s a different problem. And the town says it can’t do anything unless they can catch the “illegal” apartment within a house or the multiple families living there. It has always been labelled as too hard to do. Hello? Code enforcement? Oh, we don’t have enough of them to get around the station, or they’re not allowed on the property for whatever reason… always an excuse.

    As to teacher pay and pensions… school boards can most certainly negotiate lower increases in salary schedules and fight for the elimination of steps by getting the Triborough Agreement changed.

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