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Johnson City's Mayor Voices Opinion on Tax Cap

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Mixed reviews among local Village Mayors on a near-zero percent increase in the state tax cap for 2016.

That increase will be .12 percent for New York Villages. In Endicott, that means the Village can increase its budget by $8,000 dollars without exceeding the cap. Its Mayor, John Bertoni, lamented that this is paired with increased costs from the state. Others say they are prepared for the lower cap. We spoke with the Mayor of Johnson City about this policy.

"What pays for the services in the Village is the taxes. And, people say they want the taxes cut. What do I cut? They cut your taxes and then it's like 'you didn't do my roads, you didn't do my sidewalk. I'm not saying that's what's going to happen, but those are things we may have to look at. We don't know, we're going to have to think outside the box and get very creative with this 0.12 percent tax cap."

For the record, Whitney Point Mayor Ryan Reynolds says the tax cap is "very workable." Endicott Mayor John Bertoni says that, with all of the salaries in his local governing body,the tax cap "becomes an impossible number."