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PUBLIC EDUCATION: Our Most Important Infrastructure.
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NYS Educational Conference Board Report (2015)
áá Tax Cap adjustments can help schools balance student needs, fiscal stability, and taxpayer concerns.

NYS S5856 Bill (approved 6/24/2011)
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Enacts legislationáon real property tax levies, rent regulation, exemption from local taxation and mandate relief.
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Understanding New York's Property Tax Levy Cap (10/2011)
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Q&Aáformat publication developed by Capital Region BOCES Questar III.

Comparison of Tax Cap Provisions (11/14/2011):
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Comparison ofáNY, NJ, MAáregulations (prepared for 2011 Board/Superintendent Joint Dinner Program).

WPSBA 2010-2011 Tax Cap Resolution and List of Boards of Education that Approved a Resolution:
Be it Resolved by the Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association that Legislative and Unfunded Mandate Relief Must be Included in any NYáState Property Tax Cap Proposal.


NYSCOSS memorandum in opposition (3/1/2011): "A tax cap will do nothing to reduce tax bills for homeowners who are already burdened - only a circuit-breaker tax credit can do that.á A tax cap does nothing to reduce costs that have been driving local tax increases, for example pensions or health insurance, nor does it reduce state mandates which often prevent school leaders from making spending decisions in the best interest of the children."

WPSBA letter on issuesárelatedáto tax cap (6/3/2011): "We urge you not to shortchange our children's education by enacting a hard property tax levy cap.á School districts need legislation that will allow school districts to shift resources from unfunded/underfunded state mandates to the classroom."

"Tax cap plan hides what Albany really needs to do," Journal News, Opinion: Bedford CSD Superintendent and Board President (6/6/2011): "Local communities...need systemic action from Albany to complement the trend [school districts] started in slowing down spending.á A tax cap isn't the answer...Albany must address: critically needed pension relief, rising health insurance costs, unfunded and underfunded mandate relief and inequitable property assessments."

"Reject the Tax Cap," NY Times Editorial (5/27/11): "Let's be clear: A tax cap is nothing more than a political crutch for politicians who don't have the courage to argue the case for more taxes or for spending cuts...Property taxes in New York are undeniably high.á But a tax cap is not the answer.á It is an invitation to disaster."


WPSBA sends tax cap information sheet to NYS legislators (6/17/11): "Local control is the backbone of our public education system, and it works! Does New York State really want the distinction of having the most draconian tax cap in the nation?"

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