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Thursday, 02 June 2011 13:13

This website is intended to help state and local officials, the media and the public better understand the direct connection between state actions – e.g., state aid and state mandates – and New York's real property tax burden. Local officials and private citizens can and should use this site as a resource to help educate state leaders, legislators and opinion makers on those state mandates that are the key culprits in obstructing local officials efforts to control spending and property taxes.

This education process is now more important than ever, as we contend with the newly enacted property tax cap.  A tax cap without mandate relief will do nothing to address the true cost drivers that plague municipal budgets, and is therefore doomed to fail. Taxpayers in New York will get the two things they need most – lower taxes and the continuation of essential municipal services – only if Albany finally demonstrates the will to reform state mandates, giving local officials the tools and flexibility to implement real and sustainable property tax relief.

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