Comptroller’s Office to train officials on property-tax cap

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State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office is offering training to local officials on the new property-tax cap. The sessions will be held across the state from Tuesday to Oct. 7.

Legislators approved and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law that limits the growth of property taxes to 2 percent a year. There are a few exceptions to the cap, such as new growth in a community. For counties and municipalities, an override would require approval by 60 percent of a governing body. For school districts, 60 percent of voters would have to approve an override.

“My office is committed to providing localities with quality training to ensure they are equipped to implement the new Property Tax Cap law,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “Local officials have lots of questions on this new law and this is another way we can get them the answers they need to formulate their budgets.”

The trainings will be in Albany, Broome, Dutchess, Erie, Nassau and Ontario counties. There will be sessions from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the following dates and locations: Tuesday at the Aurora, Erie County, Town Auditorium; next Wednesday at the State Office Building in Binghamton; Oct. 3 in Ontario County Human Resources Conference Rooms 204-205 in Canandaigua; and Oct 5 at Dutchess County Community College in Poughkeepsie.

Local officials can register here or call the Comptroller’s Office at 518-473-0005.

DiNapoli recently launched a Web page to help municipalities understand the property-tax cap.

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