Governor Cuomo’s Property Tax Reduction Plan

At a press conference held Wednesday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his plan to decrease property taxes for Rockland County and the rest of New York State. At the conference Cuomo stated that the local government throughout the state are adding to the increase in taxes, saying that having 10,500 local governments are too many and the state can’t afford it. The levels of government Cuomo was referring to include sewers, fire districts, municipalities, schools, libraries, and others. The Governor’s plan calls for a consolidation of all local governments, and to issue rebates to homeowners who make less than $100,000 a year and live in municipalities that stay below the property tax cap or cut costs. One speaker at the conference, a woman from Pearl River, stated that she pays about $9,000 a year in property taxes. Many residents agree that the taxes are forcing some people out of the county and leaving others to struggle with payments. The Senate and Assembly are also preparing a plan to reduce property taxes.

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