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Tax Cap Override Local Law Approved

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

By a vote of 10-4, Legislators Glenn Morey, Mike Sigler, Peter Stein, and Dave McKenna voting no, the Legislature adopted a Local Law permitting the Legislature to override the tax levy limit for 2017. The law does not necessarily mean that the Legislature will override the cap, but provides the Legislature flexibility to exceed the Cap if it is deemed necessary. The Legislature has routinely passed such laws since the State Property Tax law was passed, and the law can be rescinded later.

The Legislature has already directed the County Administrator to prepare a Recommended 2017 Budget based on a maximum 3% tax levy increase, which is half-a-percent above the projected cap. Before the vote Administrator Joe Mareane said that, without such a law in place, he believes he would be bound by the cap in preparation of the budget, and would need to adjust budget preparation targets already provided to departments and agencies.