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Mayors across NYS call for relief from permanent tax cap

The group that represents mayors in Albany called for additional relief from mandated state spending if lawmakers pass a bill that would make the state’s cap on property tax increases permanent.

The New York Conference of Mayors is especially alarmed as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $175 billion spending proposal includes a cut to aid to municipalities funding to local governments that do not heavily rely on the funding.

“Municipal leaders across New York have worked diligently to stay under the tax cap, even during the five straight years when the tax cap was well below 2%. Unfortunately they had to do it with virtually no assistance from the state, as municipal aid remained frozen and mandate relief never materialized,” said NYCOM Executive Director Peter Baynes.

“Mayors want to do even more to provide relief from New York’s regressive property tax, yet the Governor has proposed the elimination of AIM funding for more than 1,300 communities in every county in this state. Now, as the State Legislature considers whether to make the tax cap permanent, it is imperative that prior to such action, every state legislator publicly reject the AIM elimination proposal and in its place increase municipal aid for the first time in a decade and enact legislation prohibiting any future unfunded state mandates.”

The Democratic-led Senate is expected to vote on the permanent tax cap legislation this week.

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