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Spitzer says property tax cap is a "blunt instrument" but may be necessary (File photo)
Spitzer says property tax cap is a "blunt instrument" but may be necessary (File photo)

Property tax cap would reshape North Country economy

One of the most anticipated parts of Governor Spitzer's State of the State address was his proposal to confront spiraling property taxes. Spitzer established a new bi-partisan commission that will search for answers to the problem, possibly including a cap on property tax hikes. But here in the North Country, property taxes fuel everything from local highway departments to senior health care and after-school sports. They also fund a huge percentage of high-paying jobs. As Brian Mann reports, a cap on property taxes would shift the foundation of the North Country's economy.  Go to full article

Spitzer wants to expand STAR

It's been 10 years since New York first instituted its STAR property tax relief program. Governor Spitzer has said he wants to expand on the plan in his budget proposal to offer property tax breaks to the middle class. But according to many experts, the program has not led to the tax reductions it was supposed to. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

School Budget Votes Today

Voters in New York have the opportunity to vote on their local school budgets today. Schools say extra aid from the Governor and legislature this year have helped keep costs down to property taxpayers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Local Schools Fear Invisible Costs

Martha Foley has the regional view on today's school budget votes.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Co. Mulls Sales Tax Hike for Jail

A St. Lawrence County lawmaker is lobbying his colleagues to support what conventional wisdom might consider a doubly unpopular proposition. He wants to increase the sales tax to help pay for a new jail. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

School Budget Votes Coming Tuesday

North Country homeowners head to the polls Tuesday to approve or deny their school district's spending plan. Most school budgets have increased this year. Some districts are raising property taxes to pay the difference. But taxes are only part of the equation. David Sommerstein reports hold-ups in Albany are making school budgeting somewhat of a guessing game.  Go to full article

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