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Cuomo Signs Property Tax Cap Bill in Nassau County

Historic legislation finalized in front of Lynbrook home.

An historic event for the State of New York took place right here in Nassau County earlier today.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo traveled to the home of village residents James and Janet Gannon to sign a bill authorizing a property tax cap in New York. Assemb. Brian Curran, R-Lynbrook, and Lynbrook Mayor Bill Hendrick were on hand for the signing.

"For decades, taxpayers across New York state have been burdened by back-breaking property taxes that have crippled businesses and families," Cuomo said. "It is appropriate to sign this property tax cap at the Gannon household, as millions of homeowners like them have had the deck stacked against them for too long. This tax cap is a critical step toward New York's economic recovery, and will set our state on a path to prosperity."

Under the cap, property tax increases will be limited to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. Municipalities, such as school districts, could override the cap with 60 percent of voters participating in an election.

“For Nassau residents, a long-overdue property tax cap is among the most important accomplishments of Governor Cuomo's first six months,” added County Executive Ed Mangano.

matteo June 30, 2011 at 07:29 PM
It's a beautiful thing. But if there's a 2% cap, what happens as the school district expenses rise by 4-6% yearly? And we have to fund huge pensions for the teachers and administrators? How will the cap work?
working joe June 30, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Matteo Your school board can, and will, put up a tax levy increase above 2%. IT will be above 2% becuase there are exemption, such as pension from the cap, and they will have expenses bigger than 2%. You will vote. If the vote does not pass by greater than 60% to approve the tax increase above 2% then you will be forced to adopt a tax levy increase of the 2% + allowable exemptions. If the vote fails you revote or go on contigency as per usual.
matteo June 30, 2011 at 08:35 PM
Like I said, what does the "cap" mean? The high payroll and pension/medical obligations go on. The pocket is still the same; to wit, the taxpayers, i.e. me and working joe.
Long Islander June 30, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Another scam by the politicians! If it sounds too good to be true, IT CERTAINLY IS!
Interested Bystander June 30, 2011 at 10:53 PM
The ONLY way school budgets will EVER be brought into line is when there are staff reductions. Period. End of story. For 3500 kids we have WAY too many bureaucrats and way too many "aides." I am ALL for paying great teachers what they deserve and more. But the employee count is completely obscene. And I have kids in the public schools and friends who teach throughout Long Island - there are people sitting around with nothing to do! Think rubber rooms al la NYC. Reductions in force would not even be noticed in the results achieved. It would most definitely be noticed in the bottom line - of taxpayer's wallets!
DanTe June 30, 2011 at 11:33 PM
The politicians are not lying. Your Property Tax will be capped. Your School Tax (the bulk of your taxes) is NOT Property Tax. And the School Tax WILL Rise and Rise and Rise and Rise as the School leeches WILL continue to SUCK and SUCK and SUCK and SUCK... all IN THE NAME OF THE CHILDREN of course.
Raymond Rudolph July 01, 2011 at 10:22 AM
Everyone is quoting the 60% override on the 2% cap. 60% of what? The people that came to vote? All registered voters? Or of the Village Board or School Board agreeing to put forth a budget over 2%? And as stated, with th carve outs for pension and debt service the 2% is realty a "soft" cap.
matteo July 01, 2011 at 12:55 PM
2 teachers, each with ten years in the system. One say MrA) works diligently, stays late, helps to tutor kids on his own time, the kids all love his classes and pay attention. The other (say Mr. B) is mediocre at best, puts the kids to sleep, does the minimum to get by. Salaries? They earn the same. Benefits- the same. What's wrong with this system? You can't touch Mr. B. he has tenure.
working joe July 01, 2011 at 01:08 PM
60% of the voters in that election
Bob July 01, 2011 at 01:29 PM
I think the tax cap is a bad idea. Now 41% of voters can stop the will of a 59% majority. That's not how I thought democracy worked.
EJ's son July 01, 2011 at 01:37 PM
The cap as constructed does include school taxes. There is a partial exemption for mandatory pension contributions over a certain amount. To override the cap a school budget must be approved by 60% of those voting in that particular election. Local governments are also subject to the same 2% cap with the pension exemptions, however, the local government entity (our Village Board) can override the cap with a 60% majority of the Board. In our case the newly elected Murray majority can override the cap if they vote in unison. They are not going to be constrained by the cap. They can spend all they want as long as they stick together. God help us.
Charlie Allnut July 01, 2011 at 07:37 PM
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