State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released a report last week which finds that the number of school districts overriding the state’s real property tax cap declined by more than half over the past three fiscal years, dropping from 44 school districts in 2012-13 to only 19 in 2014-15.

Unshackle Upstate is very pleased with this trend.  But more remains to be done.  We continue to push the state to provide mandate relief, so that local governments get relief from the pressure to “do more with less.”  We continue to urge lawmakers to act on the Let NY Work Agenda, which would provide relief for local governments, school districts and taxpayers across the state.

We are also concerned about the possibility that the property tax cap could expire – which it is scheduled to do in 2016.  We have made making the tax cap permanent one of our top 2015 priorities.