Property taxes

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)

The 2008-2009 Enacted Budget and the Property Tax Commission

May 5, 2008. Senior economist Trudi Renwick discussed property taxes and the enacted state budget in a presentation to the Long Island Federation of Labor.… (read more)

The economics of tax reform

May 1, 2008. Executive director Frank Mauro spoke at a meeting of the Ulster County Legislature’s Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding and Tax Reform in New Paltz.

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Meeting of the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief – Syracuse

April 10, 2008. FPI executive director Frank Mauro spoke at the meeting of the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief. Transcript (starting on page 7).… (read more)

Over 100 Organizations Call for the Millionaires’ Tax

March 26, 2008. More than 100 organizations came together as the Better Choice Budget Campaign (of which FPI is a member) to urge leaders to listen to the public and support the millionaires’ tax. Additional materials from the press conference: op ed on better choices by Ron Deutsch; Siena poll showing overwhelming public support for millionaires’ tax (question 23); and fact sheet from New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness laying out short and long term solutions to burgeoning property taxes. Also, … (read more)

State must work to fix property tax problem

March 14, 2008. A letter to the editor of The Saratogian by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick.… (read more)

The Role of Property Taxes in New York’s State-Local Tax System

March 6, 2008. This presentation was given by Frank Mauro, executive director of FPI, at Changing the Property Tax System in New York, a conference sponsored by TREND, the Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess.  Other speakers included Robert McKeon of TREND and John Whiteley, Tri-County Committee for Property Tax Relief. Presentations: Mauro, McKeon, Whiteley.… (read more)

Setting the Context for Commission Deliberations

February 12, 2008. This presentation was prepared by Frank Mauro, executive director of FPI, for the February 12, 2008, meeting of the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief.

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Property Taxes in New York: A State Problem Calling for a State Solution

February 11, 2008. Why are property taxes so high in New York? State fiscal policies have created the bind. This brief looks at four reforms that would help – and could be funded in a way that makes the overall tax system fairer. In the meantime, a middle class circuit breaker would ease the pressure on the property tax much more effectively that the Middle Class STAR program.

On May 22, 2008, the brief was handed out at a public … (read more)