Senator Kemp Hannon
6th District New York
Hannon Announces New Tax Cap Plan

Dear Fellow Community Members,

Hardworking, middle class families across New York State are in desperate need of
tax relief. Long Islanders are tired of talk and no action out of Albany. Thatís why Iím supporting an important new proposal to cap school property taxes.

A similar tax cap in Massachusetts produced dramatic results for taxpayers
Ė and the state moved from having the 3rd highest property taxes in the
nation to the 33rd highest.

The new proposal would prevent tax increases this year by capping local
school property taxes.  Due to the low inflation rate, my plan would
require school districts to reduce property taxes this year.

Last year, Governor Paterson and the Senate Majority voted to eliminate STAR rebate checks for senior citizens and all homeowners. I voted NO.  The consequence of their decision proved to be a devastating blow to hardworking families.

Our homeowners deserve better, which is why Iím fighting to restore
STAR rebate checks -- both for seniors and non-seniors. In addition to
the immediate relief provided by rebate checks, we also need structural
reforms that will help control property tax increases for years to come.

Thatís exactly the type of reform that a property tax cap represents, and
thatís why Iím fighting for the enactment of this important measure.

Long Islanders need real, practical solutions and they need those solutions now. 

That's what my plan offers.


Kemp Hannon

Senator, 6th District Ė New York

District Office
595 Stewart Avenue, Suite 540
Garden City, NY 11530
Albany Office
420 State Capitol Bldg.
Albany, NY 12247