Ball: It is time for the voters to hold their elected officials accountable
BREWSTER, NY (1/30/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), the Senate Majority representative on Governor Cuomo’s Savings and Government Efficiency Commission, today urged voters throughout New York State to call their Senators and Assemblymen on Monday to urge bi-partisan support and immediate passage of a 2% Property Tax Cap for local governments and school districts, as well as mandate relief that requires the state to fund the additional net costs of any state mandated programs. Ball co-sponsors the two bills, which will come to a vote on the floor of the Senate on Monday and has the support of the Senate Majority Conference.
“We have a Senate Majority who gets it, and a Governor who seems to get it. Now it is time for the voters to hold their elected officials accountable for the promises made during their campaigns and demand widespread, bi-partisan support for the passage of this 2% Property Tax Cap, as well as Mandate Reform. That bi-partisan support needs to be immediate because these reforms are needed immediately,” Ball said. “Working families, small businesses, and seniors are struggling and the American Dream of homeownership has become a nightmare for many. None of us milked the cows before coming to Albany today, and we’re not going home tonight to slop the hogs. Yet, we still have a property tax model based on generating income from a family farm.”
Business leaders throughout the Hudson Valley agree with Senator Ball that now that the Senate Majority has taken the lead on these needed reforms on spending, property taxes, and unfunded mandates, work must be done to urge immediate bi-partisan support.
“A property tax cap is the centerpiece of a fiscal reform package. Without the discipline of a property tax cap to control the revenue side of the equation, vital reforms like local mandate relief, public employee pension reform and government consolidation will not be possible. We congratulate the Senate on passing this important legislation and urge the Assembly to follow suit,” said Paul Vitale, Vice President of The Business Council of Westchester.
“As far as I’m concerned, a property tax cap is the first step in the right direction to make New York State marketable in the economic development arena,” said Charlie North, President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“For small business to succeed in Putnam County it is vital that a reasonable cap be placed on property and other taxes, and on state spending,” said Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman of the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce and the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce. “We can’t shoulder the burden of the recovery alone without our legislators standing with us. The time has come for a business-friendly attitude among our representatives in Albany. Their faith in the business community will be rewarded with increased state revenue from booming sales, more employee hiring, and private investment in our hometowns.”
“It is imperative that a Property Tax Cap be enacted, without exceptions or exemptions. Businesses and homeowners cannot afford to remain in this region without a reduction in their property tax burden. A tax cap forces the conversation about how government can operate more cost effectively,” said Al DelBello, Chairman of the Westchester County Association (WCA).
“We need legislation that eases the tax burden for our businesses and residents to begin the turnaround of New York State. A property tax cap is a good first step,” said John MacEnroe, President of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation.
The Property Tax Cap and Mandate Relief bills mark another major piece of legislation that Senator Ball has sponsored and passed in his first month in office as State Senator. On January 19th, Ball sponsored and passed the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011. He has also been tapped by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Governor Andrew Cuomo as one of only two Senators to sit on the Governor’s Savings and Government Efficiency Commission.
The 2% property tax cap and mandate relief, requiring the state to pay for its mandates on local governments and school districts, were raised by Ball in 2006 during his first campaign for Assembly, and were each major components of legislation introduced or co-sponsored by Ball, including Ball’s 2010 Taxpayer Bill of Rights. As an Assemblyman, Ball was the prime sponsor and first to introduce legislation that capped property taxes, provided the local option to freeze property taxes for seniors, and created a circuit breaker that ties what homeowners pay in property tax to what they can afford to pay.