The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People came out this week against a property-tax cap of any sort, saying it would “be reversing the trend of gains we have made in education in our State.”
In a letter sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders, the group urged him to push for consolidation of school services and a “circuit breaker” approach, which would tie tax relief to income level, providing breaks for low- and middle-class property owners.
“A tax cap, of any kind, will only exacerbate the achievement gap and set us further back when we have already begun to make progress in ending the achievement gap with students in high needs and struggling school districts,” chapter president Hazel Dukes wrote.
Tax caps enacted in other states have left them with no choice “other than cutting programs and services which students need in order to improve their test scores, attain higher education degrees and enter into technical and creative career opportunities,” Dukes added.
The letter, dated Monday, can be read below: