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Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos thinks a legal challenge to the state’s new property-tax cap will fail.
Via Newsday’s Ted Phillips, here’s what Skelos said Wednesday when asked about a threat by New York State United Teachers to challenge the constitutionality of the cap and the union’s claims that the cap is hurting school districts’ ability to provide a “sound, basic” education as required by state law.
“They’re wrong,” Skelos said. “The property tax cap is saving taxpayers throughout the state millions upon millions of dollars and I believe it would be upheld anyway.”
Skelos spoke at the Long Island Real Estate Group breakfast networking meeting at the Old Westbury Golf and Country Club.
Last week, union officials said they are preparing a lawsuit to overturn the cap, which dictates that school districts and local governments keep tax hikes below 2 percent (or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower) or obtain a 60 percent supermajority vote to exceed the cap. The legislation includes some offsets for pension costs and other items. The union says the 60 percent requirement violates “one man, one vote” protections that give every person’s vote the same weight.