County Faces Tightest Tax Cap To Date
Published: July 5th, 2016
By: Shawn Magrath

NORWICH – Chenango County administrators may be faced with the lowest tax cap to date as they head into the 2017 budgeting season.

The County Finance Committee revealed last week that Chenango could be burdened with a state mandated tax cap as low as .6 percent in 2017, giving department heads little wiggle room as they put together their annual operations budget.

The New York State local property tax cap was first implemented by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2012 and has since dropped lower each year for many municipalities statewide. The tax levey limit for local municipalities is 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. Failure to comply with the cap would prevent local taxpayers from receiving a tax freeze payment from New York State.

According to County Treasurer William Craine, the latest constraint in Chenango County puts more urgency on a timely budgeting process and it substantiates a zero tax levy impact in each departmental spending plan.

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