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September 28, 2010

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 7:39 pm

fencing

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 7:35 pm

Elyse aces it…

in the best comparison to date between the cap and the circuit breaker. Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Rockland County Journal News did us all a public service by printing Elyse Knight’s complete, concise, and factual analysis of property tax relief and reform-and in the process makes us wonder why the politicians don’t come clean about the cap. It’s a scam pure and simple…not property tax relief.

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The writer, who lives in Piermont, is an advocate with the New York State Property Tax Reform Coalition, which is comprised of representatives of 50 advocacy groups from around the state, “united in the urgent need to reduce the property tax burden.”

 

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 7:32 pm

Re “Some in Assembly stay quiet on tax cap,” Sept. 19 article:

 

It was great to see in-depth coverage of the No. 1 problem facing New York State. However, your article leaves the impression that the Assembly members who do not support the tax cap are being unreasonable.

For the sake of clarity, New Yorkers need a detailed explanation of the difference between the cap, which is being used by gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo as a sound bite, and the circuit breaker, which would actually bring relief to middle-income property owners, who have seen their property tax burden double over the last eight years, while incomes have stagnated or been reduced. The Assembly members who do not support the “tax cap” know it would be bad for taxpayers and schools alike, which is why it is not supported by the teachers union.

(A tax cap passed by the Senate would cap annual property tax increases at 4 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower; Democrat Cuomo has touted a tax cap that would limit annual increases to 2 percent. — Editor.)

Based on income

I support the circuit breaker because it is property tax relief based on an individual’s income. It’s the only option that will mean real property tax relief for the individual homeowner. Tax relief will be phased in over four years, a reasonable consideration of the state’s fiscal situation.

My husband and I currently pay 21 percent of our gross income in property taxes. I know people paying almost half their income in property taxes. They use credit cards or dig into retirement funds. About 40 percent of New York state homeowners pay in excess of 10 percent of their income in property taxes. It’s an outrageous, unfair taxation that’s got to end. My husband and I can afford our home and utilities. We can no longer afford to maintain our home.

Exact terms of circuit breaker legislation remain under negotiation. Using an average of all the formulas under consideration, my household’s property taxes would drop to about 8 percent of our income — still high, but relief.

For the sake of clarity, New Yorkers need a detailed explanation of the difference between the cap, which is being used by gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo as a sound bite, and the circuit breaker, which would actually bring relief to middle-income property owners, who have seen their property tax burden double over the last eight years, while incomes have stagnated or been reduced. The Assembly members who do not support the “tax cap” know it would be bad for taxpayers and schools alike, which is why it is not supported by the teachers union.

(A tax cap passed by the Senate would cap annual property tax increases at 4 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower; Democrat Cuomo has touted a tax cap that would limit annual increases to 2 percent. — Editor.)

 

Not an individual cap

 

The “tax cap” is frequently thought to be a “cap” on
individual property taxes. That’s erroneous. It’s a
cap on the tax levy. The tax levy is the amount of
taxes that a school district, for example, needs to
collect from property taxpayers within its district. If
there are fewer taxpayers and/or more tax-exempt
properties from one year to the next, the remaining
taxpayers pick up the slack and pay higher property
taxes.

Last year, a friend in a nearby school district where
the tax levy increased 4 percent district-wide saw his
property taxes increase 14 percent.

With so much focus on the waning fortunes and
prospects of the middle class, it amazes me that our
representatives seem tone-deaf to the urgency of
real property tax reform. Since I bought my home in
1996, my property taxes have more than doubled,
yet my income has stayed the same. Add to this the
losses in my retirement account (which won’t be
guaranteed by the taxpayers, since I work in the
private sector) and increases in health-care costs,
this has a real effect on the amount of money I can
spend on goods and services.

Retirees and others on fixed incomes have lost
savings in the crisis, and now can’t earn enough
interest to make up for it without taking on too

 

To learn more about the circuit breaker and the benefit you will derive from it go to http://www.omnibustaxsolution.org/

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 7:30 pm

Linking tax liability to income

Reasons to support circuit breaker legislation that would link property owners’ tax liability to their income — Senate bill 4239A and Assembly Bill 8702:
• Property tax relief is targeted to truly overburdened taxpayers if they have lived in their homes for at least five years.
• Relief is based on a percentage of the homeowner’s income.
• Relief is increased over a four-year phase-in period.
• All local property taxes — the full burden of school and municipal — are covered under the circuit breaker, not just school taxes.
• Homeowners with the same income and the same property tax bill get the same relief downstate and upstate.
• The circuit breaker does not affect school or municipal funding. The full property tax is paid when due and taxpayers get an individual credit or rebate on their state income tax.
Capping annual property tax hikes
Reasons to oppose legislation capping annual property tax increases at 4 percent:
• The tax cap provides no relief to the individual taxpayer.
• The proposed tax cap is not a cap on individual property taxes, but a cap on how much a school district, for example, can raise the school tax levy district-wide.
• If the tax levy cap is passed, tax levies will tend to increase yearly to the maximum allowed by law.
• Wealthy school districts will tend to override the cap, further increasing the burden on many individual taxpayers and increasing the funding gap between “wealthy” and “poor” districts.
• Individual tax bills could increase far beyond the tax levy.
Source: Elyse Knight of the New York State Property Tax Reform Coalition

Calculate savings

Learn more about the circuit breaker and the impact of such a provision on your own tax bill; go to http://www.omnibustaxsolution.org/

 

September 26, 2010

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 8:08 pm

read-all-about-it

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 8:03 pm

HOT OFF THE PRESSES!!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

THIS YOU HAVE GOT TO READ.

Don’t understand how your tax bill got so humungous? Can’t figure out the bill? Think the pols are seriously trying to help when they talk Tax levy caps? Bah humbug, kids!

Click on the link below:

 

http://www.recordonline.com/     

Go to up-dates…On the list is “school tax bills have lots of moving parts.” Read it!!!

I suggest you open your wallet and buy this Sunday’s copy of the paper Times Herald Record.

Even if your town isn’t mentioned , the concepts hold true state-wide.

It’s an historic article that you will want for your files.

This paper has been on the cutting edge of the tax reform struggle and reporter Meghan E. Murphy did a bang up job.

We need to support the press when it gives us the facts…and the facts are-in the words of Curt Schoeberl -dismissing the CAP as NOT a way to bring relief-,  “It’s an excuse for legislators to say,  ’we did something’ ”.

BRAVO Meghan Murphy for a very clear and informative article!

 

September 24, 2010

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 6:08 pm

shooting-down

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 6:05 pm

YOU RESPONDED TO INCOMING CAPS 9/24/2010

With big caliber citizen/taxpayer firepower…

You wrote and called your legislators and Speaker of the Assembly, Silver, and shot down CAP trash-talk for this session.

There was a possibility that the Gov. would call the legislature back into session (before the election) to pass bogus caps so legislators running for office could pretend they did something about ruinous property taxes….as if …

We now believe that isn’t going to happen. Thanks to the outpouring of negatives towards the cap… coming from us and you.

I want to give credit where credit is due…TO SPEAKER SILVER.   REALLY!!! Listen up!

The cap would have been snake oil AND passing a meaningless cap would have put the cry for circuit breaker legislation-real relief and property tax reform- on the political back burner.

Now it’s front and center.

The pretend relief-the cap- would have given some legislators breathing space…”see I passed a cap now go away and leave me alone”…

…Until the first property tax bills after the election came due and it showed more large increases…too late to vote.

Some legislators are straddling saying they would have voted for a cap if it had …yadda yadda yadda

To the Speaker’s credit he didn’t do it.

This gives us breathing space to push for an immediate relief and reform bill after the election, the Omnibus Solution bill.

Silver is on record in favor of a circuit breaker which ties taxes to income . That’s good.

In addition there is a lot of restructuring of this heinous, unfair tax to be done.

It is a priority with the middle class; but the legislature keeps trying to get away cheap.

Your activism paid off for now.

The legislators will delay…the dunce cap will rear its ugly empty head after the election; but by then every taxpayer who can read will know only the individually tailored property tax limit circuit breaker can turn their lives around.

When the Albany pols say, “How will we pay for it in this recession ?” (stupid but persistent question considering they managed to pay for a lot of trash quite easily and didn’t do reform in all the years when they were flush with loot but…) we will –graciously-present them with the funding options for the circuit breaker (that they should have been %$#@&**figuring out for years)…because the smartest folks are on our side…as well as the truest friends of the middle class.

 

…and BTW don’t forget to ask the candidates in your area if they will fight for REAL property tax reform Omnibus bills -S4239a and S8702 which contain a circuit breaker and a reform provision .

If they say,”yes.” Vote for them.

If they say “no” or mention a cap, or they waffle- which they certainly might-vote for the other guy.

The cap is the enemy of the circuit breaker and the enemy of the middle class no matter what politico-speak says otherwise…

Just look at California, the poster child for the cap…IN RUINS!

Several states have already turned back the cap in referenda and by other methods….IT CONTAINS POISON PILLS AND IT WON’T REDUCE YOUR property tax BILL BY A PENNY.

 

So hats off to Silver…ours is a political system. Master it, guys,  in order to help people who don’t have the time to wait for “perfection” in politicians…people  need BIG relief NOW…!

When a big boy helps you out, say “TA” nicely.

People are being ruined by property taxes…stay with us, Mr.Silver…we’ll fix it.

 

September 22, 2010

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 10:18 pm

proofiness

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 10:15 pm

TRUTHINESS &

PROOFINESS…and just plain lies.

People have been asking me about these categories (They have so!)- created by Steven Colbert and Charles Seife respectively.

Are they the same as “ truth” and “proof”?

 Not at all!

 Let me give you some examples to illustrate the differences.

1.                Some politicians have latched on to the “cap” and are calling it property tax relief…that is an example of “truthiness”.

The Circuit Breaker is property tax relief. That is an example of truth.

2.                Some 60 % of people in one “push” poll support the “cap”.

That is “proofiness.”

A super-majority support and want a circuit breaker when they are given a choice between a cap and a circuit breaker. That is proof they support the circuit breaker.

So why aren’t statements 1&2 just plain lies?

Well there is some element of truthiness– not truth– in those statements.

The Cap has something to do with property taxes- it just isn’t relief or reform.

The numbers are proofiness because people are desperate for anything… they were allowed to believe by the pols that caps means caps would limit their own tax bill…well NOT SO, fellow sufferers!

That poll was not proof of what people want when given a choice.

When a real poll was conducted with a choice between the cap and the Circuit breaker, people chose a circuit breaker.

That poll contained the truth and proof that people know the difference between real property tax reform and snake oil.

So why would politicians in Albany choose truthiness and proofiness over truth and proof?

Because, guys and gals, an outright lie is too easy to get caught in….truthiness and proofiness take some time to unravel.

Another example of how pols in Albany have embraced “truthiness and “proofiness” is the latest Gannett Albany Bureau poll.

This media company asked assembly members if they would vote for a CAP…the number of pols who succumbed to election year fever and said “YES” was a disgrace.

 Thank goodness not enough to pass a cap and destroy any chance we have for real property tax reform.

 Among them were legislators who know that any tax levy or budget cap is a piece of trash and not in any way property tax relief.

Many of those who said “Yes” on bogus caps have –in a truthful moment-supported our circuit breaker legislation and have said publicly it is the fairest way to bring relief and reform to the middle class.

 The circuit breaker limits the property tax bite on people making up to 250,000 per year…and the reform provisions protect everyone from diminished services and endless taxes.

If these assembly members voted “yes” trusting that the cap wouldn’t pass and was a bad idea anyway  (take a look at poor, messed up California, the cap poster child) but hoping people would be fooled into thinking they had done something about devastating property taxes, then hand me the barf bag ‘cause I’m gonna sick up.

So that’s “truthiness” and “proofiness” in a nutshell…

Albany has run out of truth and proof….

…but on property tax relief… they have also run out of time.

 

To see if your Assembly people practice TRUTH (voted no) or truthiness (voted yes) check out how they did on the link below:

 

http://rocnow.com/article/local-news/20109190339/ 

“No” means they refused to cave and are holding out for real property tax and residential real estate tax reform.

 

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