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Tax cap projected to hold property taxes below 1% in 2016

Ryan Delaney
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New York state’s comptroller finds that local and school property taxes will increase by the lowest percentage in decades, under the rules of the tax cap program recently renewed by the state legislature.

According to the law, property taxes are capped at 2 percent per year or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. The projected rate of inflation for the 2016 calendar year is less than 1 percent, at .73 percent, says Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

He says that news is good and bad for taxpayers. They won’t have to come up with as much money for increased taxes. But the budgets of schools and local governments will be squeezed, and that could have consequences.

“It might very well mean having to cut back on some services, perhaps not fill certain positions, put off some capital projects,” DiNapoli said.  

Costs like health care and salaries, are rising faster than the rate of inflation. The comptroller details the findings in a report.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.