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Do you support Gov. Cuomo's proposed two-year freeze on property taxes in school districts and localities that stay within the tax cap?

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Jan-21-14 10:26 PM

After 2 years of zeros you may have to pay a 6% tax increase at once. Cuomo is just buying votes.

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Jan-22-14 6:28 AM

Get serious and institute Mandate relief across the board and quit trying to schmooze the taxpayer with meaningless liberal feel-good proposals. The 2 money grabbers in all NYS Counties are the teachers union and the welfare moochers, both of which I cannot keep paying. Cuomo talks of too many layers of Govt and he is right but the elephant in the room is 56% of my Town and County property taxes being confiscated to support welfare. At the same time Cuomo believes everybody who does not think like him is an extremist and to leave NYS, there's no place for us here. Who's going to pay the moochers Andy? Try billing Wisconsin or Utah, see how far you get.

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Jan-22-14 7:47 AM

MrBob is on the money. More and more "producers" and retirees will be fleeing the state. Until (if and when) State mandates are reconfigured and/or changed, Fulton County is best advised to "get smart quickly" and bite the bullet early - otherwise, there will be few producers left here and many "recipients". Won't it be simply marvelous if Fulton County continues to morph into an area where 75-80% of your taxes go to social support up from the current 56%. Get smart, county supervisors and board members, before its far too late and the ensuing exodus leaves you to rule over a pile of disintegration.

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Jan-22-14 9:42 AM

I would be more impressed with a requirement that any mandates are paid for by the sponsoring entity for however much and long the mandate exists. As far as "welfare" that should be state and federal responsibility as long as recipients can move from one area to another.

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Jan-22-14 1:24 PM

Just another gimmick that doesn't address the problem. Until Andy and our esteemed legislators can change the inequitable way education is funded (through prop taxes), the system will struggle. And agree that it's long past due to get rid of some of the costly state mandates. But I guess gay marriage(which I have nothing against) is more of a priority than funding education.

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Jan-22-14 1:55 PM

Gimmick indeed. The issue of Political control of Property Taxes are kept hidden, we're just sent an annual Bill. Teachers Unions, SEIU and AFSCME workers make all or much of their money from Property Tax Assessments. Surprise!!! In 2010 the median Real Estate Taxes were $2,043...the term 'median' means 1/2 were higher, much higher like here in NYS. Now we're going to give out bonus's????? NO!!!

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Jan-22-14 1:59 PM

just another "things aint what they say" story. since we can't stay out of world afairs. boots on the ground now means boots kicking in doors of people tired of getting stepped on. it's high time we bring in munitions plants. we can all go right to work building the bombs that both sides can't seem to live without.. it's a trickle down effect of the high cost of being an american. war's cost money. we have no choice in the matter. so everything else right down to the W.I.C. program for the lil babies. you know? all the things that could be paid for with fed dollars is now mandated by the state/local entities...

anybody old enough to recall the snowjob sold to us about the thruway???? mandated tax that was to be paid for by the early 80s i think. and then the lotery. it was to end school taxes as we know it. now were building casino's.. and no talk of it ending anything. but how far ya have to drive to spend what's left with the states cashcow...

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Jan-22-14 2:01 PM

if ya want a rat gone. stop feeding it......

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Jan-22-14 2:02 PM

New York’s outstanding debt averages $3,253 per state resident, among the highest of any state in the country and more than twice the national average. This heavy debt burden and our high costs for paying off old debt make it harder for the state to balance its budget, and are factors in the state’s comparatively low credit rating.

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Jan-22-14 2:02 PM

Have anyone of you wondered why Property Taxes are rarely challenged in a Regular and not Supreme Court? I've come to the conclusion that most jurors would happily let their neighbors off their Property Tax burden, therefore, Property Taxes are to remain the province of Politicians. I don't own my House and neither do you, the friggin Town Assessor does. Don't pay your taxes and see how that happens, mortgage or not.

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Jan-22-14 2:33 PM

the more i read the header it just doesn't ad up. extremly unfair for the COUNTIES. he's holding the county hostage until the school district's get in line.??? reward teachers for making more students capable of doing what? move to wall street and become part of the problem? how many kids are staying right at home and making things better? you can't fight greed without a moral compass. where's that mandated lesson?

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Jan-22-14 3:16 PM

Now here's a real shocker...The Empire State is slipping to 4th in population, being passed by Florida.

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Jan-22-14 4:12 PM

Andy put in 2 loopholes for the local government to raise them anyway.

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Jan-22-14 5:39 PM

I no longer support the supreme leader of NY! He has gone way off his rocker!

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Jan-22-14 6:21 PM

Here's an insult to add to the injury; Federal Cost of Living measures DO NOT include Property Taxes. Still think this isn't more than liberal smoke and mirrors??

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Jan-22-14 8:09 PM

How will the governor and his budgeteers transform a projected $1.7 billion budget deficit into a surplus capable of paying for tax relief?

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Jan-22-14 8:14 PM

The total NYS debt, in 2nd place behind only California... is a whopping $300.1 BILLION DOLLARS!

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Jan-23-14 10:52 AM

And let's waste some more taxpayer money...Who wants to vote for the Tree Frog for the State Amphibian!!!

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Jan-23-14 12:28 PM

I nominate Sheldon Silver for State Amphibian.

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Jan-23-14 1:00 PM

To do what your question posed TOT, NYS Legislature is going to have to start eliminating entitlement programs one by one. The taxpayer funded pie is getting smaller regardless of the gimmicks. Cuomo's message to the Country regarding who is and who is not welcome in NYS has put a stake in the heart of his claim NY is 'open for business'. Make no mistake, individual success is a dirty word to these liberal fools in Albany and Washington and just about every City they control and can't help leaving destruction in their wake due to their false ideology of Statism. Cuomo has dropped the gauntlet in NY; either you agree with him or you're not welcome here.

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Jan-23-14 2:48 PM

Personally I say he is not welcome here and I plan on voting that way.

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Jan-24-14 9:37 AM

I wouldn't vote for that sanctimonious gun grabber and I don't even own a gun.

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Jan-25-14 7:03 AM

There is no place in NYS for Anti-Life, Anti-Freedom, Anti-Traditional marriage extreme Democrats/Progressives/Liberals. Can you imagine if a conservative leader said that on the radio? That might be the only thing that could take Christie off the lead story of every MSNBC show.

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Jan-25-14 9:52 AM

This property tax relief is a re-election year gimmick along with casinos, etc. NYS needs real answers. And, to all the posters who think teachers and NYSUT have created all the problems of the world, you are just going along with what the gov't and corporations want you to think. NYSUT has NO power and has taken dues and sold its members down the road. Also, by drinking the kool aid, it allows the gov't to arrive at no REAL answers for poor school attendance, behavior, and grades. And for people who are still posting about merit pay, teacher are against it. Another gimmick.

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Jan-25-14 11:12 AM

So, why don't the teachers disband NYSUT and all teacher unions? Do something about it then cry, don't cry first and expect to be taken seriously.

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