STATE BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS
Tue March 25, 2014
Cuomo Campaigns Locally for Property Tax Reform
Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a last-minute campaign push in East Syracuse Tuesday, advocating for a property tax freeze plan that could benefit many Upstate home owners. He’s been touring the state leading up to the April 1 budget deadline, encouraging residents and supporters to pressure state legislators to approve his proposal.
Cuomo was joined today by supporters of his plan, including Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. She says it’s another step in the right direction, since people and businesses are leaving Upstate New York in favor of other states with lower property taxes. Mahoney says local governments have to do more:
But some disagree. Opponents like Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins say Cuomo’s plan is a top-down, “one size fits all” approach that leaves local governments little say over decisions regarding municipal and school budgets and property tax levies. Hawkins points to the individual fiscal needs and specific circumstances for each locality that could get glossed over if the state were to influence the consolidation process.
2014 NYS Budget Proposal
Tax Relief for Business and Property Owners