The proposed property tax cap put forth by the Governor and State Legislative has caused me to reflect on one unintended consequences of their proposal: our infrastructure.
Local governments, faced with the tax cap, may become penny wise and pound foolish--and put off necessary infrastructure needs. Many of our state, county and local roads currently are in bad shape--with many potholes. The tax cap will result in governments spending less on road repaving. Will some of the necessary repairs on our bridges be delayed? Will governments put off maintenance of municipal owned buildings, swimming pools, playgrounds? Will there be short- term savings and long term liability?
Perhaps, the NYS Legislature should exempt infrastructure improvements made by local, school and county governments from the tax cap if the capital improvements were first placed on the ballot for voters to scrutinize and vote on.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor
(914) 993-1545 or (914) 438-1343