A property-tax cap was being heavily debated today at the state Capitol by supporters and opponents, but it doesn’t appear that the Senate, Assembly and governor’s office are actively negotiating a three-way agreement on the measure.
Asked today whether the sides are having talks in earnest about a property-tax cap, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Albany, responded “No.”
Silver, talking briefly to reporters, said getting an on-time budget is the Assembly Democrats top priority, and declined to put a timetable on when a tax cap vote might take place.
“Right now we’re concentrating on an on-time budget, which is a priority for us and a number of other areas, like Power for Jobs that we’d like to do to get jobs moving in this state,” Silver said.
His comments echoed those earlier today by Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari, D-Cohoes, Albany County.
Silver has introduced the bill that passed the GOP-led Senate last month that would cap the growth in property taxes to 2 percent a year, and he has pledged to work with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to cap property taxes.
But he gave no indication today where the bill stands in his conference.
Would the tax cap need to have exemptions, for such things as pension and health-care costs? “I think it’s premature to determine what there will need to be,” Silver responded.
Is there support in his conference for the cap? “There are those that support it, there are those that oppose it,” Silver said.
What are some of the concerns? “Concerns, there are many. The cuts that are taking place, and the ability to make up for some of those cuts is clearly one of those concerns.”