Voter support for tax cap remains high

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 at 4:57 pm by

School districts succeeded this year in holding proposed local tax increases to their lowest level in seven years despite the weakest state aid increase in six years.  But support for a property tax cap remains high, according to a new Siena College poll.

Gannett newspapers report that 72 percent favor capping school property taxes, with 20 percent opposed.

The dates of the survey (May 18-21) included last Tuesday’s school budget votes and board elections.  Those votes produced new records for the percent of budgets passed (97 percent) and share of votes cast in favor of school budgets (65 percent).

The survey also asked for positions on a circuit-breaker which would provide state tax credits to limit the share of income that taxpayers would pay in property taxes.  Voters support a circuit-breaker by a 65 to 26 percent margin.

The survey also included questions on upcoming statewide elections, the direction of the state and nation, and approval of Governor Paterson’s job performance.

The 65 percent share of voters supporting their school budgets would be an enviable approval rating for almost any politician.

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