Property taxes

School Finance On Long Island: An Analysis of State and Local Funding Patterns

January 30, 2009. FPI researched and wrote this paper for the Rauch Foundation as a supplemental report to Long Island Index 2009, a study of how Long Island is faring as a region. The index includes reports on specific indicators selected to reflect region-wide impact and interests, and identifies emerging trends and gaps that should be addressed now to avoid future problems. FPI was also cited widely in another section of the Index, Long Island’s Educational Structure. Read (read more)

New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief

December 1, 2008. An archived copy of the Commission’s website (originally at “”) is available through the New York State Library, including reports, fact sheets, webcasts and transcripts.

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Opinion in the Albany Times Union

The Times Union has provided a forum for opinion pieces from various sources:

September 7, 2008. A taxing solution: A tax cap forces Mass. towns to think about spending, by Richard P. Tisei, leader of the Republican minority in the Massachusetts Senate, and Bay State’s Proposition 2½ not without difficulties, by Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

July 20, 2008. A point/counterpoint pair of op eds on the proposed tax cap:  Cap pressures government, not (read more)

Short Term Tax Relief and Long Term Tax Reform: An Omnibus Bill Approach

August 15, 2008. Tax reform options are receiving little attention during the current property tax debate as elected officials, the media, advocates and the general public look for ways to deliver more immediate property tax relief. In this presentation, FPI’s Executive Director Frank Mauro makes the case for the Omnibus Property Tax Relief and Reform Act. He argues that immediate relief is best provided by a well-targeted property tax circuit-breaker; and that to ease the pressure on the … (read more)

Siena New York Poll: Circuit Breaker & Gas Tax Cut Top Property Tax Cap

July 14, 2008. While New York voters strongly support both a property tax cap and a property tax “circuit breaker,” which ensures that property taxes do not exceed a certain percentage of a homeowner’s income, when forced to choose between the two, a majority prefer the circuit breaker, according to a new Siena (College) Research Institute poll a new Siena Research Institute poll released today. More voters would rather see New York eliminate 32 cents of state gas taxes than … (read more)

Education policy experts weigh in on tax caps

July 14, 2008. A collection of materials from researchers and stakeholders, including the Council of School Superintendents and the PTA.

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Materials from TREND – Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess

June 23, 2008TREND NY Poll Says New Yorkers Prefer Circuit Breaker over Cap. The Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess conducted a random automated phone survey of more than 500 registered voters, and found that New Yorkers prefer a property tax circuit breaker to a property tax cap two to one.

March 6, 2008. Presentations from Changing the Property Tax System in New York, a conference sponsored by TREND in Hyde Park.

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Broad-based coalition unites to oppose arbitrary property tax cap

June 10, 2008. In a joint press release, representatives of a diverse group of organizations summarized the key shortcomings of property tax caps like the proposal advanced by Gov. David Paterson. The coalition members argued that New York needs property tax relief, but that an artificial cap would harm educational programs and doom efforts to close the achievement gap. Read the release >>(read more)

Testimony on Proposed Legislation Addressing Real Property Taxation Issues

June 2, 2008. Presented by FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro to the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government and Assembly Standing Committee on Real Property Taxation. The Middle Class STAR rebate program is better targeted than the original STAR program in that in takes income into consideration. However, Middle Class STAR is still not efficient and equitable property tax relief, since it does not take the size of a homeowner’s property tax bill into consideration and it is still based … (read more)

2008 Conference on State Taxation

May 14, 2008. Senior economist Trudi Renwick  participated in a panel discussion of property tax reform at the 2008 Conference on State Taxation sponsored by the Business Council of New York State and held in Saratoga Springs. Presentation >>(read more)