January 10, 2008

School Property Tax Relief

In his second State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Eliot Spitzer proposed a commission study putting a cap on school property taxes.

Spitzer is changing course from when he rejected a cap during his run for governor in 2006. Last year, he hinted that he was changing his mind. But he said during the speech that a cap may make sense because property taxes continue to climb. Aides said that the governor has been disheartened that despite increases in state aid and tax-rebate programs last year, school taxes have soared by an average of 7.3 percent statewide for each of the last five years.

"In the end, it's a losing game for the taxpayer if the state gives you a rebate check on Monday and then on Tuesday your local government takes it away," Spitzer said.

Hallelujah, Eliot. After a year in office, you've finally seen the light. Let's hope this isn't more rhetoric.

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Alexis M. said...

A tax cap is a good thing. But the state government also needs to look at curing the root of the problem, not just its symptoms. The real problem for local governments is unfunded mandates that force costs to go up.

Pete M said...

I've heard the county legislature talk about medicaid relief for years. Did the steamroller mention that in his state of the state?

Frank DeGeorge said...

Eliot's taken a lot of hits on these pages in recent months. He deserves credit if he can actually get the Legislature, especially Silver, to go along with this plan.

Fat Tony said...

Pardon me, by local property taxes are so high because we have people like Sean O'Connor filling both of his pockets with our taxpayer money. I'm all for the cap, but the Governor has got to demand some measure of accountability out of taxing jurisdictions.

Did you ever see the way the idiots we have serving on local school boards get taken to the cleaners by superintendents during negotiations? Let's get some standardization in that process so again, people aren't lining their pockets with our money.

Northender said...

It's just as losing of a game if the state takes your money on Monday and gives you a check on Tuesday as well.

nicky said...

what about the pork that George Maziarz get's his hands on. He is just robbing us blind in Albany to help with his re election.