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September 24, 2018

Renzi: Protect STAR, Bring Real Property Tax Relief Now


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</p>State Senate candidate Dave Renzi discusses his plan for property tax relief during a visit to the Oswego home of Sara Sanders (at right).

State Senate candidate Dave Renzi discusses his plan for property tax relief during a visit to the Oswego home of Sara Sanders (at right).

State Senate candidate Dave Renzi today was joined by young, new homeowners in Oswego County to demand real property tax relief, and rejected a plan by his opponent that would mean higher taxes for hundreds of thousands of Upstate families.

At a press conference in front of the home of Sara and Brian Sanders in Oswego, Renzi said Albany’s failure to enact a ‘tax cap’ and take other steps to provide relief makes it harder for young families to afford their own home.

“Families, like the Sanders needed relief from high taxes, but all Albany delivered was excuses,” Renzi said. “Now, a new plan by my opponent would make the problem of high taxes even worse, because it guts STAR and takes away the little relief that Albany managed to deliver.”

New Yorkers already pay the highest property taxes in the nation, and property tax bills that recently arrived in homeowners’ mailboxes in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County are $10 million higher than last year.

The increase was caused in part by Albany’s failure to deliver promised aid to local schools. The state budget cut promised aid to schools in the 48th Senate District by $1 million. And in Oswego County, six of the nine local school districts received less aid than originally promised.

“Breaking a promise is a time-worn Albany tradition, so when Albany politicians come promising a new, complicated scheme to lower your taxes, like the one proposed by my opponent, homeowners should beware,” Renzi said.

Under his opponent’s plan, 833,000 Upstate families would receive no tax relief — and would actually see their taxes increase because every family loses its STAR rebate check.

“My opponent’s plan guts STAR, eliminates rebate checks and raises taxes for hundreds of thousands of homeowners. Calling a plan ‘tax relief,’ then increasing your taxes is the classic Albany two-step, but it’s time to stop fiddling while homeowners get burned,” Renzi said.

Renzi supports a plan to enact a tax cap, limiting tax increases, ending unfunded mandates that drive up local costs and reforming school aid to give our local schools their fair share.

“As Senator, I will work tirelessly to deliver our fair share of state aid, and I won’t stop fighting until we get a real tax cap, real tax relief and real results.”

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