New York State’s 60% “supermajority” requirement to override the new property tax cap is constitutional. Sixteen state constitutions require supermajority votes for any tax increase, and have lower taxes as a result.
The “property tax cap” just passed by the New York State Legislature is a good and important step in the right direction that was much needed. However, there are many ways that local governments and school districts can skirt around the new annual tax cap. Taxpayers will need to vigilantly watch attempts to override the tax cap, and make sure that the new Mandate Relief Council actively works to further reduce unnecessary mandates that drive up local government costs and our taxes.