Good Thursday morning. Here’s a glance at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Tax cap and mandate relief: Editorial
As public-school teachers and education advocates rally against a property-tax cap that would limit annual levy increases at 2 percent, we encourage the Legislature to act quickly on the compromise brokered last week to create such a stop-gap. We also beseech our leaders in the state capital to take up real and meaningful mandate relief with haste. We write:
From New City to Albany, teachers and others opposed to a proposed property tax cap picketed outside state legislators’ offices this week, waving signs that read “Scrap the cap!” and “What happened?”
Here’s what happened: While the Great Recession ravaged the economy, New York homeowners watched their property values plummet as they dug deeper to pay ever-growing property taxes.
New Yorkers with underwater mortgages demand immediate relief. Their ranks are swelling. According to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Schiller 20-city housing index, home values have fallen to their lowest levels since 2002 in the New York metro area.
Opponents of the cap, including teachers and education advocates, argue that a cap would be detrimental to sustaining high-quality public schools — a hallmark of suburban life — and therefore detrimental to property values. That position doesn’t hold water for house-poor residents already drowning in debt. …
Sam Zherka: Reisman
Phil Reisman checks in with Sam Zherka, the controversial publisher of the weekly Westchester Guardian. Zherka, a proponent of streamlined government, was recently named to a commission to examine Westchester’s charter.