Levels of government

The two percent property tax cap mandated by New York State three years ago will encourage consolidation concepts advocated by good-government groups but resisted on the local level. “It’s a sort of starve-the-beast mentality that could force people into decisions they might not have considered otherwise,” assemblyman Kevin Cahill said.

In local education, the combination of rising built-in contractual obligations, healthcare commitments, declining student enrollment and eroding property values is leading to wholesale closing of elementary schools and massive staff reductions. But so far there has been only isolated talk of consolidation of school districts.

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