Property Tax Cap

Effective in 2012, New York's local governments are subject to a 2% levy limitation, or the rate of inflation (whichever is lower). All local governments, with the exception of NYC, must meet this levy threshold.

While the cap has slowed the growth of property tax levies, municipal officials have identified significant unintended consequences that have developed during the local implementation of the cap. Counties have reduced staff, sold assets and curtailed programs or services as ways to comply with the tax cap.  
Based on these difficult local decisions, most counties have been able to stay under the cap during the past four years. 
• 2012 (87 percent)
• 2013 (82 percent)
• 2014 (80 percent)
• 2015 (89 percent)

White Papers, Reports, and Resources

Fix the Cap Before You Keep the Cap: Associations Call for Reforms to the Tax Cap  
Lowering Property Taxes in New York State-A Simple Plan
• Property Tax Relief Must Come From Local Efficiencies and State Mandate Relief – Testimony 
• A Plan to Lower New York's Property Tax Burden 
• Counties Advance Guiding Principles for Negotiating Property Tax Relief Proposals 
• State Programs Funded By County Property Taxes
• The County Call to Cut Property Taxes