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Little expects tax cap soon

June 1, 2011
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - State Sen. Betty Little expects to see a tax cap passed soon in Albany.

"It's very, very close, and we will have a tax cap," Little, R-Queensbury, said while visiting Tupper Lake Friday. "I'm optimistic. I think the governor's showing good leadership."

One of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top priorities is passing a ceiling on the increase in real property taxes before the end of the legislative session. Little said there's wide support among her constituents for such a law.

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Sen. Betty Little tours flooding damage last week in Tupper Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)

"The people that I see everyplace do want a tax cap," Little said.

She said she was even lobbied about it by attendees at a wedding she attended recently.

Little is on Cuomo's commission to look at mandate relief, something many local politicians say is necessary before a tax cap is passed.

"That's not as easy as you think," Little said.

She said she and her colleagues are looking at some options to make it easier for local governments to keep within a 2 percent tax cap.

Some of that power is within the grasp of state agencies themselves, she said. Various state agencies presented to the commission, recommending different mandates within their purview that could be eliminated. Little said she believes those agencies should take the initiative and get rid of the unnecessary mandates themselves wherever they can.

Little said the commission is also looking at a new pension plan that would allow state workers to take 401(k) savings with them when they leave a job.

She also mentioned more electronic filing, fewer audits for schools that can show they don't have serious problems and less training required for rural code enforcement officials as other places local governments could save money if the state loosened requirements.



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