“New York’s school districts are receiving record-high levels of aid from Albany to educate fewer students, and our school taxes are still climbing,” said Tim Hoefer, executive director of the Empire Center.
Nearly half of the 669 school districts are proposing tax levy increases that go right up to the cap, according to an analysis by The Empire Center, a fiscally conservative think tank. A total of 309 districts are at the cap limit. The center claims this fact is evidence that school districts would have proposed higher levy increases without the cap.
The Empire Center’s Ken Girardin notes that this borrowing forces “future taxpayers to pick up the tab for politicians to win political points today.”
New York state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo continue to pick the pockets of hard-working taxpayers.
"Number one, this money is not being used to fund public priorities. Number two, it's using borrowed money and forcing future taxpayers to pick up the tab for politicians to win political points today," said Ken Girardin, policy analyst at the right-leaning Empire Center for Public Policy.
Given all the blather – particularly at re-election time – about government of the people, by the people and for the people, it shouldn’t be nearly this hard for "the people" to find out what’s being done in their name.
The region’s highest 2017 effective tax rate - $62.95 per $1,000 of home value - was shouldered by Village of Liberty homeowners, according to an Empire Center report released Monday.
If you own property in Schenectady, you have the highest total tax rate in the Capital Region, but if you live next door in Niskayuna, you'll have the region's highest tax bill.