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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Just as some conservative state governments threatened to opt-out of a federal health care law they saw as burdensome and misguided, many local communities across New York state are moving to override a statewide property tax cap put into effect by Governor Andrew Cuomo as part of his centrist, business-friendly legislative agenda, though they face an uphill battle to do so:

The communities, which include affluent New York City suburbs and rural outposts in the state’s extreme northern frontier, are declaring that they cannot restrain the growth of property taxes and still comply with a variety of state-mandated programs and provide the services residents expect. And now dozens of town and county boards are overriding, or proposing to override, the cap.