Tag: Property Tax

EJ McMahon, president of the right-leaning Empire Center for Public Policy, said the rebate plan was an electioneering gambit, and that the money would be better used to finance infrastructure improvements, deferred pension contributions or provide tax relief to all New Yorkers, including commercial property owners and renters, who won't qualify for a Son of STAR check. Read More

In 2010, the median property tax paid in Monroe County was $4,035 — almost twice as much the national median of $2,043. In fact, Monroe County real estate taxes as a percentage of home value ranked second highest in the nation out of 806 counties. The same is true across the region. The median property tax paid in Livingston and Ontario counties each exceeded $3,000. Read More

Don't look now, but given current inflation trends, next year's school property tax cap may be ... zero! That's the message of a statement released last week by the Educational Conference Board (ECB), a coalition of groups representing public school administrators, school boards and—last but hardly least—the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) labor union. The ECB's "warning" was meant as an inside-the-Albany-bubble scare tactic, but for most New Yorkers, it's good news: further confirmation that the tax cap is working exactly as intended. Read More

According to Empire Center’s annual Benchmarking NY report, the town with the highest property tax in New York State goes to Binghamton. Data from the state comptroller’s office to calculate effective tax rates for thousands of localities across New York. Read More

A couple of years ago, when New York’s property tax cap had been through only one school-budget cycle, many people were ready to give the cap a thumbs-down. In an RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll conducted at the time, nearly 60 percent of respondents disagreed with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s assessment that the law was a “tremendous success.” That was then. Read More

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