• REF invites you to a Q&A:

  • Thursday, April 12th
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Valley Cottage Library Meeting Room
  • AFFORDABLE PROPERTY TAXES AND INCREASED EDUCATION FUNDING CAN WORK HAND IN HAND
  • Are you concerned about unaffordable property taxes? Are you also concerned about deceasing school aid and how this affects not only students, but property values? REF believes that taxpayers in need of relief can no longer be pitted against schools.

  • Learn from John Whitely of NYS Property Tax Reform about the Circuit Breaker, a progressive tax structure that lowers property taxes for property owners paying a disproportionate amount of their income in property taxes. With the 2% tax cap presently in place, your property taxes will continue to go up, but with a Circuit Breaker they can go down.

  • There are ways to enact this type of tax restructuring while properly funding our schools. Come and learn more.

  • ***John Whiteley is a native of Ticonderoga who returned there in the early 1990's after a diplomatic career in Washington and overseas. Since 1993 he has spent much of his time as a civic activist lobbying for property tax relief and reform and to reduce our dependence on that antiquated system for funding services in New York State. He has been affilated with several local and regional taxpayer advocacy groups and since 2007 has been the legislative affairs officer for the New York State Property Tax Reform Coalition. This volunteer organization links property taxpayers throughout the state who seek relief and reform via state legislation. Mr. Whiteley has testified extensively on the subject at legislative hearings and before state commissions, and his op/eds have appeared in several major local and regional papers

  • Link to Article by john Whiteley:
  • http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110518/OPINION/105180320/-1/OPINION04