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Ross: Tax cap can't work without mandate relief

by TSchmitt
Fri, Jan 6th 2012 09:46 am

 The state's two percent tax cap has been a confounding issue for citizens who aren't sure what it means and if it's being adhered to.

The cap is supposed to protect taxpayers from municipalities that continue to drive their budgets higher. County lawmakers originally applauded Gov. Cuomo's tax cap, but as Legislature Chairman Bill Ross said during his State of the County speech earlier this week, the cap is great, but without mandate relief from programs like Medicaid, the cap is nearly impossible to adhere to.

Driven by state and federal mandates that can eat up 85 percent or more of a county budget, New York's property taxes are double the national average.


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