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School vote today with new tax caps

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Today is the first school vote since the state adopted a 2 percent tax cap, and the main thing to understand about the 2 percent cap is that it’s not really a 2 percent cap. There are exceptions to it — for pension increases, for capital expenses, for growth in the tax base, for payments in lieu of taxes — which mean the actual cap for any given district could be almost anything. It wouldn’t ...

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May 15, 2012
9:30 a.m.

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Carl, thanks for laying this out in a helpful summary of how the cap really affects us.

May 15, 2012
3:47 p.m.

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What is the result if the budget is voted down?

May 15, 2012
5:38 p.m.

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People here deserve the high tax rate and these "school taxes". Why? Because they are not willing to do anything about them. People here are not willing to change the "system". This is the only state I've lived in where there are "school taxes". And why are there "school taxes"? To support all the duplication and replication ad naseum because people here "WANT" more than one school district in a county, and all the duplicate costs associated with that "WANT". As long as people want to keep local government the same as it was in 1812 and not make changes like most states did in the mid-20th century, you will be writing about this New York State subject from wherever you are in your next life in the year 2112.

May 16, 2012
10:50 a.m.

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The Greater Amsterdam School District DID adopt a contingency budget of 16.5% last year after voters turned down the same budget at the polls.