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Tresidder clarifies: She'd have voted for property tax cap

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State senate candidate Amy Tresidder clarified in a news release that she would have voted to approve the 2011 property tax cap.

Mrs. Tresidder, an Democratic Oswego County legislator who is facing state Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, on Nov. 6, said that despite reservations about the lack of local government cost-controls, she would have voted to approve the cap.

"For the residents of the 48th District this means that county officials must find ways to reduce the budget without cutting services to the public, laying off employees or increasing revenue by adding additional user fees," her campaign says in a news release. "Counties throughout the state have banded together to seek relief of this unsightly local burden in an effort that appears to fall on Albany's deaf ears."

Mrs. Ritchie, a first-term lawmaker, voted to approve the cap last year. The cap limits the amount that a local government or school board can raise the property tax levy. That amount is determined by a formula that takes into account growth, pension costs and other factors.

Mrs. Tresidder voted to raise Oswego County's cap owing to concerns about the county's three nuclear power plants.

"The state's current tax cap formula was unworkable for the county because of the uncertainty faced with the nuclear tax agreements," Mrs. Tresidder's campaign says.

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