When can we start saying “Told you so”

So the ceremonial signing of the property tax cap happened today in Pleasantville, NY. I mention the location because I like the irony of linking this law to the movie Pleasantville which pleasantly tried to teach that personal repression can create larger political oppression and very ugly situations.

I wonder how long it will take for the hard tax cap to create some ugly situations. Already the tax cap has landed our state in a Worst List on bills or laws to affect families.

Here’s a link to a radio report on how the property tax cap will hurt Canton schools from the school superintendent.



  1. Tara Molloy-Grocki July 1, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    I think we can start saying it now. How many New Yorkers spoke against and STILL they passed it?? Unfortunately, things have to get worse getting better.

  2. Mike July 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    Its easy for NYSUT to say the tax cap will hurt because you directly benefit from the enormous property taxes that we get saddled with in this state. The only thing these massive taxes have gauranteed is great salaries and incredibly generous benefits for the employees of the school system. It hasnt meant much to the kids – thats for sure. I keep hearing how attacking high taxes will “hurt” middle class families but I need to ask: What about PRIVATELY employed working class families who struggle with their own bills and have to pay all of yours too?

    This cap should have gone further and really been a 2% REDUCTION for the next 10 years. But, I suppose only NYSUT actually thinks its great that our state has property taxes that are 96% higher than the median for the country. Somehow in your world thats a good thing. Geesh.

    • Betsy Sandberg July 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

      Thanks for your comments Mike.
      NYSUT has long recognized that property taxes are an issue. For years NYSUT has advocated for real tax relief in the form of a circuit breaker.
      A circuit breaker would sets a maximum tax bill burden for each household based on the income of each household. For less affluent households, a tax bill that exceeds a specified percentage of household income would “throw the circuit,” limiting their tax bill to the specified percentage of income. The tax bill for affluent households would not exceed the specified percentage of their income, and therefore, they would be expected to pay their full assessment.

      A tax cap is intended to limit the extent to which school district budgets may increase on a year-to-year basis; but that does not mean your tax bill will only increase 2 percent.

      • Mike July 7, 2011 at 8:21 am #

        Basing it on income isnt a bad idea. I suspect many NYSUT members are homeowners too – arent you folks tired of this too?

        This 2% thing really is a gimmick at the end of the day. Id like to see real reform. Keep in mind too that if people have more money in their pockets it means they’ll buy more homes and products which in turn increases tax revenue. Its worth noting.

  3. Randy Huba December 3, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    Circuit breaker designs these days are even more reliable and packed with more features..

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