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Cuomo’s tax caps seek to destroy local governments

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Gov. Cuomo is out there pushing hard for his property tax control programs in New York state. He began with the 2 percent tax cap on schools and municipalities three years ago and now proposes a “tax freeze” and “circuit breaker” initiative offering a rebate to homeowners from a projected $2 billion state surplus over the next two years. These ideas are being promoted in regional meetings and even through Town Hall conference calls that ...

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April 6, 2014
9:07 a.m.

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Tax Caps: The party of big government governor is testing the local leaders in upstate NY and Long Island towns, villages and school districts who are mostly from the party of less government, about their sincerity to truly reduce property taxes. Since most of them have ignored the big government guy’s offer to provide millions of dollars of state assistance to take action to reduce the size of local government through consolidation and mergers, he’s extending his offer to those who it financially affects the most - the property tax payers. If it’s to get votes, what’s the difference if what he offers is what the taxpayers want. Isn’t that why people vote for someone, because they like what the person offers them?

The excuse that it’s state mandates that are the cause of high property taxes is a lame excuse. Most states impose unfunded mandates upon local government. So what’s the real reason that 49 states property taxes are lower than NY? And especially why is it that those states that do not have local gov’t other than cities (including school districts) below the county level have some of the very lowest property taxes in this nation?
The town and village and school board leaders might want to research the answers and report their findings to the taxpayers, instead of fighting against the governor’s desire to provide relief to the taxpayers. Would the actual facts that they find be different than what they spout in off the cuff remarks that consolidation and merger won’t save cost, as in this mayor’s comments? I’m saying that the odds are they would because other states have proven that county consolidated government costs less to deliver service than multiple layers of local government within a county.

Counties, especially the very low-populated ones, can deliver just as personal service at a fraction of the cost of these multi-layered even smaller very low population local governments that currently exist here in New York.

The question is, will the people buy the big government party governor’s offer? A lot will depend on how much more egregious property (including school) taxes the people are really willing to pay. I’m guessing that most people are very willing to pay even more and higher property and school taxes in exchange for the guarantee that their little local town, village and school district will be there for them to call “mine”, regardless of that cost.