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Cahill AO6009 together with Krueger S4239, NOW!

We need property tax REFORM, not superficial timid relief! We need an END to oppressive residential property taxes to fund education and change to an income-based system. We need equal opportunity in education for ALL New York kids. We need a return to TRUE progressive income taxes so the rich start to pay their fair share again, and to close tax loopholes. We need school district (and other) consolidation to save currently wasted resources and tax dollars. We need to stop taxing our precious farmland and small farmers out of existence, replacing them with more developments! We need to stop forcing our citizens, especially seniors, out of their homes if they can’t cough up out of control property taxes! We need both school and local taxes included in property tax reform. We need the numerous benefits of Kevin Cahill's Equity in Education Act, AO6009, NOW, passed together with the Krueger S4239 circuit breaker, to run concurrently WHILE CAHILL IS IMPLEMENTED! The Krueger circuit breaker alone is NOT the answer in the long run and fails to provide all the TRUE REFORM our citizens and students desperately need NOW! Let’s not waste our energy and power on half measures! CAHILL and KRUEGER TOGETHER, NOW!

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Submitted by elfstone 5 years ago

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  1. I FULLY AGREE WE NEED THE KIND OF FUNDAMENTAL FUNDING REFORM DESCRIBED, BUT THERE IS REALISTICALLY NO WAY THAT CAN HAPPEN IN THE FIVE WEEKS LEFT OF THE CURRENT SESSION. THE KRUEGER CIRCUIT BREAKER MUST BE PASSED THIS SESSION ! PEOPLE ON THE VERGE OF BEING FORCED FROM THEIR HOMES SIMPLY CAN'T WAIT ANOTHER YEAR.

    THE OMNIBUS SOLUTION www.omnibustaxsolution.org WILL MOVE US ALL IN THE TAX REFORM DIRECTION THAT YOU DESCRIBED, BUT, MIRACLES DON'T HAPPEN ALL AT ONCE.

    5 years ago
  2. n addition to lowering property taxes for those least able to pay we must have a way to get school costs under control. The current system is badly, badly broken.

    Local control of schools, the way it is done now, simply does not work. The ordinary voter does not bother to vote because re-vote / contingency budget nonsense will always raise taxes anyway. Most people who do vote have more to gain than to lose. (Wouldn't we all like to pay a few hundred more in taxes to get a salary increase of thousands?)

    The teacher unions are in favor of the circuit breaker. But I do not think they really care that much about whether or not anyone is taxed out of their homes. They are in favor of it because they see it as the only proposal that allows the cycle of increasing school budgets to continue. The cycle will continue because the schools will still be funded by the property tax. The only difference will be that the state will kick in money for those who can't afford to pay it all themselves.

    It's just STAR version 3, with no curbs on spending. We need the circuit breaker, just out of decency to people who will be taxed out of their homes. But, even more, we need serious spending CUTS. Not just a slow down in increases as the caps will provide but real CUTS.

    I think a requirement that a school district spend no more PER STUDENT each year than they did the year before might be a good start.

    5 years ago

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