June 3, 2015
Albany

Governor Cuomo Releases Report Detailing Property Tax Cap Success in New York

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Urges Legislature to Extend Property Tax Cap this Legislative Session

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today released a report (available here) detailing the success of the property tax cap in delivering tax relief for New York families and businesses. In addition, the Governor traveled to Nyack, New York in Rockland County to urge the State Legislature to extend the two percent property tax cap this legislative session.

"The tax cap has succeeded in taming out-of-control property tax increases throughout this state and it must be extended to ensure property taxpayers continue to be protected from the crushing burden of skyrocketing tax increases," Governor Cuomo said. "I urge the Legislature to act this session to keep the cap and continue the progress we have made to deliver tax relief to all New Yorkers."

The property tax cap is one in a series of tax relief initiatives pursued by Governor Cuomo over the last several years in an effort to change New York's "tax capital" mentality and provide much needed relief to businesses and homeowners. As a result of the Governor's initiatives, middle class tax rates are at their lowest since 1953, the corporate tax rate is at its lowest since 1968, and the manufacturing tax rate is at its lowest since 1917.

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Before the Tax Cap

For years, local property taxes in New York have been among the highest in the country, negatively affecting New York’s economic competitiveness and the quality of life for its residents. Between 2000 and 2010, property taxes grew at an unsustainable rate - more than double inflation.

Success of the Property Tax Cap

As a result of the cap, New York’s property taxes have been held to an average growth rate of approximately two percent during the past three years, less than half the rate of growth over the previous 10 years.

Controlling the rate of property tax growth results in enormous savings for property taxpayers, and the impact grows over time:

  • Through the first three years of the cap, the typical property tax payer has saved more than $800, compared to if taxes had continued to grow at the previous growth rate.
  • If the trend continues, by 2017, the typical taxpayer will have saved more than $2,100 in local property taxes as a result of the cap.

New York’s cap has slowed property tax growth for every region:

 

10-Year Average Annual Growth Rate 2000-2010

Average of Proposed Growth - First Three Years of Tax Cap

Percent Change

Total

5.3%

2.2%

-59.5%

Capital

5.4%

2.4%

-56.7%

Central NY

4.3%

1.9%

-56.2%

Finger Lakes

4.4%

2.2%

-50.5%

Long Island

5.6%

2.1%

-62.3%

Mid-Hudson

6.2%

2.3%

-62.9%

Mohawk Valley

4.2%

2.3%

-45.0%

North Country

5.4%

2.3%

-58.2%

Southern Tier

5.0%

2.1%

-58.3%

Western NY

3.5%

1.8%

-48.7%

      
      


On a county-by-county basis, the highest estimated average savings in just the first three years are in Westchester ($2,223), Rockland ($2,042), and Nassau ($1,923). These counties have both high median property taxes, and are in regions that experienced particularly high property tax growth rates in the ten years preceding the cap. The impact of the tax cap grows with each year, and by the fifth year the average taxpayer in these three counties will have saved more than $5,000.

The Mid-Hudson Region is as follows (for a statewide county-by-county breakdown, view pages 9-10 of the tax report):

County

Estimated Cumulative Savings - 
3 Years

Estimated Cumulative Savings - 
5 Years

Dutchess

$1,203

$3,184

Orange

$1,380

$3,650

Putnam

$1,811

$4,790

Rockland

$2,042

$5,402

Sullivan

$900

$2,381

Ulster

$1,039

$2,749

Westchester

$2,223

$5,882



In the first three years, more than 80 percent of all local governments and school districts have been compliant with the tax cap. In the third year, voters passed cap-compliant budgets in over 97 percent of all school districts. 

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