Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,I-Yorktown) and the Assembly Minority Conference today called on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and the Assembly Majority to bring forth the Governor’s legislation to enact a property tax cap for an immediate vote.
“This year’s budget was passed on time and it limited spending, but it did nothing to alleviate or protect property taxpayers. Furthermore, by not addressing mandate relief, the budget is forcing the hand of schools and local governments to either accept the cuts, reduce their own spending, or pass along the bill to taxpayers,” said the assemblyman.
Assemblyman Katz continued, “Many school budgets are being voted on. Some are being accepted, some are being denied. But as the elected voice of the people, we have a responsibility to ensure they are protected and while we continue to await the Governor’s mandate relief plan, we can take a first step toward protecting homeowners by enacting a property tax cap today.”
During budget negotiations, the Speaker made public statements supporting the Governor’s property tax cap legislation if tied to rent control. In fact, the Speaker is listed as the main sponsor of the bill, which was passed in the Senate in January. However, today, when the Speaker brought forward legislation on rent control, the Assembly Majority refused to heed the call from Assemblyman Katz and the Assembly Minority asking to bring the property tax cap bill to the floor as well.
Assemblyman Katz said, “I am not surprised that the Majority refused to bring this legislation, a bill I would like to add that Speaker Silver sponsors, to the floor. But I am disappointed that he would appease his constituency in New York City by addressing rent control yet neglecting the millions of New Yorkers who live upstate. We need to hear from the Governor about mandate relief – this must be enacted. But in order to protect the hardworking men and women of our state from footing the bill yet again, we must pass a property tax cap now.”