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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ALBANY — In a letter to legislators, Unshackle Upstate called on the elected leaders to make the state’s 2-percent property tax cap permanent before the end of this year’s legislative session.

The Unshackle Upstate coalition – which includes Rochester Business Alliance, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce and North Country Chamber of Commerce – emphasized that since its enactment in 2011, the real property tax cap has slowed the growth of the budgets of local governments and school districts.

“By dramatically slowing the growth of local budgets, the property tax cap has saved New York’s taxpayers millions of dollars,” said Greg Biryla, executive director of Unshackle Upstate. “Making the cap permanent this year, in its current form, should be at the top of Albany’s to-do list. Our leaders in Albany should not waste this tremendous opportunity.”

The property tax cap, which was enacted into law in 2011, is set expire on June 15, 2016. Since its passage, the tax cap has been widely supported by New Yorkers – regardless of location or political affiliation. According to a January 2015 poll conducted by the Siena Research Institute, 70 percent of New Yorkers support the tax cap.

The letter signals the launch of the coalition’s multi-platform campaign designed to highlight the benefits of the property tax cap. During the campaign, the coalition will ask its members and the general public to contact their legislators and ask that the property tax cap be made permanent this year.

The coalition’s letter to legislators can be viewed and downloaded here: (link)

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