Albany, N.Y. – 1/06/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issuing the following statement regarding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $2 billion tax relief proposal.
“Major kudos to Governor Cuomo for getting beyond the social issues and focusing on the two most important issues facing New Yorkers, jobs and taxes. To protect our seniors, taxpayers, and working families, we must reform the way we collect school taxes in particular and finally link what one pays in property taxes to their actual ability to pay. Embracing consolidation, cutting corporate taxes and freezing property taxes are all huge steps in the right direction. We all know that New York has been leading the pack on unemployment, out migration and taxing people out of their homes. I am pleased to hear that the Governor is supporting a circuit breaker property tax model, a concept that I have supported since the Assembly. This tax reform in particular will provide much needed tax relief for seniors, working families and young professionals, all currently struggling to pay their taxes and to make ends meet,” said Senator Greg Ball. “My immediate suggestion to the Governor for this new tax plan will be to immediately freeze property taxes for our seniors at the age of 67, as well. We have been first in all the wrong ways for far too long and we need this capable Governor to do everything in his power to make it easier for seniors, working families and small business owners to live, work and raise families in New York State.”
Senator Greg Ball’s legislation, S5052A, would freeze school taxes for seniors sixty-seven years of age or older who combined annual income is sixty thousand dollars or less.
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