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Doug K

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Brockport Village Tax Cap - A Lesson in "New" Math
« on: June 02, 2020, 03:44:27 pm »
Seems Brockport Village Leaders care little about the burden they place on village residents & taxpayers...take the latest Village Tax Bill as proof. Note that the % Change from Prior Year says 5.7%



There is a Tax Cap law in New York State, which for Brockport Village Government means finding clever ways to convince the public they are following the laws, when the "math" says contrary.

Here's the Website for Property Tax & Government Reform


https://reforminggovernment.ny.gov/reforminggovernment/guide-to-the-property-tax/

https://www.tax.ny.gov/research/property/cap.htm







And from there an explanation on the Property Tax Cap and how it's applied. You will see that the wording in the law says that Brockport has raised their Property Tax Levy by an additional 3.7% and simply stated it's OK. because of "Brockport Math"





So how did Brockport totally avoid following the NY State Tax Cap?

Simple. Just says it's OK and that the Budget Rate increase complies, and hope they get away with it. Seems a bit of smoke & mirrors, especially when calculators disagree with their math as well as the New York State Law


https://brockportny.org/files/VB_04-20-20_Budget_Adoption_Notice.pdf





https://brockportny.org/files/BgtHearing202021April62020.pdf





How long will Brockport Village residents sit by while the Mayor, and her gang, keep scoffing at New York State Laws? They are now trying to empty empty taxpayer wallets at more than TWICE the allowable rate to support a local government that has FAILED most of it's ordinary residents in favor of giving preferential treatment for the SUNY College & local business owners.

When will local village residents say "Enough is Enough"?
« Last Edit: June 02, 2020, 03:47:49 pm by Doug K »

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Its time to get some real answers...so I've emailed the New York State Comptroller'a Office regarding Brockport's Village Budget to see if it's "legal"

I have found a Citizens's Guide to the Tax Cap online -

https://www.empirecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Property-Tax-Cap-Guide.pdf





And I have also found a Tax Cap Implementation Guide for local governments which sets how their calculations are made, with lots of Q & A


https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/publications/orpts/capguidelines.pdf





Hopefully the letter I've written & emailed to the Office of the State Comptroller will get an answer soon. After that Brockport Village residents will hear the results and if the 5.7% increase in Tax Levy growth is ACCEPTABLE, we will all hear that. This large increase, over the 2% limit for GROWTH may have been approved by a Village Board 60% vote, a vote that village residents have almost no control over it appears.

If this large increase is not allowed then the Village Residents can understand exactly why Village Government needs to be reorganized, it's about saving taxpayers money and stopping an out of control small government from becoming even more of a tax nightmare for residents under their control.




More to Come.....
« Last Edit: June 03, 2020, 07:52:03 am by Doug K »

Michael Caswell

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STUNNING Stuff Doug!   I'd like to think you could do this for Fairport, because I wouldn't have a clue as to where to start to find this stuff out!

Good work!