We are happy to report that another effort by the state’s largest teachers’ union to have the state’s New York’s property-tax cap declared unconstitutional has been rejected by an Albany judge.
State Supreme Court Judge Patrick McGrath first rejected the lawsuit by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) last fall. NYSUT refiled its lawsuit, claiming that the state’s rebate to homeowners whose local schools and municipalities stayed within the cap somehow rendered the tax cap unconstitutional.
The real property tax cap limits school districts and local governments to annual property-tax increases of 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower, unless a supermajority of voters (or the town board) approves.
The state’s property tax cap has dramatically slowed down the growth of local and school taxes.
The next step is to make the property tax cap permanent. It is currently scheduled to “sunset” in 2016. But we’re not going to let that happen.