Brindisi, Picente back governor's tax relief plan

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y (WKTV) - In early January, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a grand tax relief plan he wants to get passed in 2014.

On Friday, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, began drumming up support for that plan.

It's a plan that could help millions of homeowners and businesses across the state.

Brindisi was joined by Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente at a press conference Friday morning at the Bank of Utica to show that there is bipartisan support for the governor's plan, at least in Oneida County.

If the tax relief plan goes through, people will have more money in their pockets.

Under the governor's plan, part of a two billion dollar state surplus would be used for a variety of tax cuts.

First, property taxes for working families would freeze. There would be no hike if the municipality they live in adheres to the two percent tax cap in the first year.

In the second year, there would be no hike if the municipality shows even more progress.

In the legislation, there would also be what the governor called a circuit breaker, which would link the amount of property taxes you pay, to your income.

There would also be a tax credit for renters and for manufacturers.

Brindisi said, "When you're talking to nanotechnology companies to come to the area, the employees want to feel comfortable when they come and if they come to an area, which has lower property taxes, it becomes more likely they're going to want to move their businesses and tell their company they're OK moving to the Utica/Rome region."

County Executive Anthony Picente said, " It's about reducing the size of government, it's about sharing services and it's about doing it in an environment that is not the highest taxed state anymore,"

Brindisi said he will be urging his colleagues in Albany to pass this legislation as soon as possible.

He has high hopes it will pass before the final state budget is due on April 1st. That would bean the tax cuts would take hold in this next budget.

Homeowners, renters and businesses owners could see some relief when they fill out their state tax forms as soon as next year.

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