Johns: Tax Cap Signing Integral First Step Toward Property Tax Relief For New Yorkers

July 6, 2011

Assemblyman Mark Johns (R,C-Webster) (third from left) joins Governor Andrew Cuomo (seated) and other representatives at historic property tax cap signing.

Assemblyman Mark Johns (R,C-Webster) today joined Governor Andrew Cuomo at the signing of a historic two percent property tax cap for New York property owners. Johns applauds the joint efforts of his colleagues on passing this important first step toward true property tax relief in the state. Johns now sets his sights on mandate relief and is a sponsor of the Taxpayer Protection and Mandate Relief Act. The assemblyman attributes the hundreds of unfunded Albany mandates on schools and local governments to be the root cause of the recent rapid escalation of property tax levies.

“Today’s signing of the property tax cap just shows you what we are capable of when we put aside our differences for the good of the state,” said Johns. “I look forward to continuing this positive spirit in government and tackling the second part of a proper property tax relief plan – unfunded state mandates. Albany–imposed programs have been the catalyst to our rising taxes. Let’s give our schools, local governments and property owners a fighting chance by removing these cost-drivers.”

Johns has worked closely with assembly colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Most recently, toward the end of the legislative session, County Executive Maggie Brooks and the assemblyman made an appeal in Albany to move forward the mandate relief agenda. His resolve on the matter has not waned as he continues to press the issue.