Ball: Call your state reps on tax cap and mandate relief

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State Sen. Greg Ball, R- Carmel, wants residents to call their senators and Assembly representatives to urge them to support a 2 percent property-tax cap as well a measure that requires the state to fund the additional net costs of any state-mandated programs.He is co-sponsoring two bills aimed at such matters, which, he says, will come to the Senate floor on Monday (today) for a vote.

“We have a Senate majority who gets it, and a governor who seems to get it. Now it is time for the voters to hold their elected officials accountable for the promises made during their campaigns and demand widespread, bi-partisan support for the passage of this 2 percent property tax cap, as well as mandate reform. That bi-partisan support needs to be immediate because these reforms are needed immediately,” Ball said. “Working families, small businesses, and seniors are struggling and the American dream of home ownership has become a nightmare for many. None of us milked the cows before coming to Albany today, and we’re not going home tonight to slop the hogs. Yet, we still have a property tax model based on generating income from a family farm.”

From Ball’s Senate office:

“Business leaders throughout the Hudson Valley agree with Senator Ball that now that the Senate Majority has taken the lead on these needed reforms on spending, property taxes, and unfunded mandates, work must be done to urge immediate bi-partisan support.

“A property tax cap is the centerpiece of a fiscal reform package.  Without the discipline of a property tax cap to control the revenue side of the equation, vital reforms like local mandate relief, public employee pension reform and government consolidation will not be possible. We congratulate the Senate on passing this important legislation and urge the Assembly to follow suit,” said Paul Vitale, Vice President of The Business Council of Westchester.

“As far as I’m concerned, a property tax cap is the first step in the right direction to make New York State marketable in the economic development arena,” said Charlie North, President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“For small business to succeed in Putnam County it is vital that a reasonable cap be placed on property and other taxes, and on state spending,” said Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman of the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce and the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce.    “We can’t shoulder the burden of the recovery alone without our legislators standing with us.  The time has come for a business-friendly attitude among our representatives in Albany.  Their faith in the business community will be rewarded with increased state revenue from booming sales, more employee hiring, and private investment in our hometowns.”

“It is imperative that a Property Tax Cap be enacted, without exceptions or exemptions.  Businesses and homeowners cannot afford to remain in this region without a reduction in their property tax burden.  A tax cap forces the conversation about how government can operate more cost effectively,” said Al DelBello, Chairman of the Westchester County Association (WCA).”

“We need legislation that eases the tax burden for our businesses and residents to begin the turnaround of New York State. A property tax cap is a good first step,” said John MacEnroe, President of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation.

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