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Question of the Day: Is a Property Tax Cap a Good Idea?

Or would the burdens be too much on government?

Last week, a Siena poll showed that imposing a property tax cap was supported by 71 of 100 respondents in a random telephone survey.

The topic was the subject of a few press releases last week, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to push Democrats in the Assembly to pass a property tax cap at two percent, or the rate of inflation - whichever is less - after the measure sailed through the Republican-controlled Senate in late January.

Long Island Republicans in the Assembly - including Assemblyman Dan Losquadro, R-Shoreham, who campaigned on cutting and capping property taxes last fall - joined the chorus last week, issuing a joint press release calling on the Democratic majority in the Assembly to hold a vote. 

Assemblyman Fred Thiele, I-Sag Harbor, issued a release of his own stating that he'd like to improve the governor's plan - including a plan to "enact realmandate relief" - before voting on it.

So while the debate continues to play out in Albany, we're wondering: what do you think? Would a two percent property tax cap benefit taxpayers? Or would the burdens be too much for local municipalities and school districts?

Kathleen May 23, 2011 at 02:47 PM
Well, with state aide slashed to poorer/low income school districts (actually to all school districts on LI), AND a property tax cap...how will our school districts survive? We are all fighting for Obama's "Race to the TOP" while suffering under Bush's "No Child Left Behind". And still, most complain that we fall drastically behind other countries' educational systems...I don't see it as a good idea, unless Mr. Cuomo is TRYING to close school districts. Then who would educate our children?
Freddy May 23, 2011 at 05:55 PM
I think a tax cap is a good idea. I think there are too many teachers making too much money on L.I. Their health and pension benefits eat up most of the school taxes we pay. We have paid higher school taxes in the past and get no better results, onlt the teachers benefit. I believe a sweeping reform on teachers saleries, health and pension benefits is what most L.I. tax payers want. I place blame with our high taxes on greedy teachers unions.
Kaduffa May 23, 2011 at 06:47 PM
I have lived in my town for 10 years - with approx. $500 a year raise in taxes every year. We now pay almost $11,000 a year in property taxes for a house that was bought for $250,000. When does it end? When we're paying $30,000-$40,000 a year in taxes? We can't sell because who the heck wants to pay our tax rate on top of mortgage payments? We are trapped.
Kathleen May 24, 2011 at 02:32 PM
I am one of those teachers of whom you speak. Personally, I don't make enough to own a house on my own, so I am not sure what you are talking about "making too much money". I have been teaching for about 7 years and work summers just to pay off the student loans/bills I have accrued in order to achieve the degrees required to actually become hired in a school district. I don't think that is greedy, I feel it is just trying to get by in this horrible economy. Also, you say I should not have health insurance? That's unfair. If you look at school budgets, the chunk is not "teachers' salaries", a chunk is unfunded mandates and costs of running the district. The only ones who suffer are our children, if this tax cap is instated.
April Pokorny May 24, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Tax-cappers take note: This is an eye opening read. American school reform shouldn't be done on the cheap or by assigning blame. http://www.care2.com/causes/education/blog/four-reasons-finland-s-schools-are-better-than-ours/

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