New Your State School Boards Association

Call To Action: Tax Cap Reform Update


April 12, 2016

One of NYSSBA’s top priorities in the 2016 legislative session has been to secure common sense reforms to the property tax cap including:

  • Making the allowable growth factor a consistent two percent (A.9026, Schimel)
  • Counting BOCES capital costs in the capital exclusion (S.6640, Murphy / A.9183, Galef)
  • Including PILOT properties in the tax base growth factor (S.1151-B, O’Mara / A.3611-A, Morelle)
  • Preventing negative tax cap limits (S.7178, Seward and A9792, Lupardo))
  • Redesigning the tax cap override process (S.5877-A, Croci / A.8136-A, Thiele)
  • Accounting for enrollment growth in the tax cap calculation

Though these changes were not included in the state budget, NYSSBA is working hard to advance these bills before the end of the legislative session. There have been two developments in the last week.

Today the Assembly Education Committee will consider a NYSSBA-supported bill (A.8136-A, Thiele / S.5877-A, Croci) that would reform the tax cap override process. The bill would provide that school district budget proposals would not need supermajority approval if it exceeds the tax cap because of separate budget propositions. You can read NYSSBA’s memo in support of this bill below.

Memorandum of Support S.5877-A (Croci) / A.8136 (Thiele) Redesigning the tax cap override process

In addition, NYSSBA-supported legislation was introduced last week that would prohibit negative tax caps and effectively create a tax cap floor of 0%. The bills (S.7178, Seward and A.9792, Lupardo) have been referred to the Senate and Assembly Education Committees, respectively. You can read NYSSBA’s memo in support of this bill below.

Memorandum of Support S.7178 (Seward ) and A.9792 (Lupardo) Preventing negative tax cap limits

Changes to the tax cap are front and center as this year’s record low growth factor (0.12%) has led to a record high number of negative caps in nearly 90 districts.

Tell your legislators you support these changes to the tax cap: Take Action Now

For additional information on NYSSBA’s advocacy on this and other topics, visit our key issues site.

NYSSBA Key Issues


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