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Cuomo talks about success in lowering taxes

Irondequoit, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Irondequoit Thursday to talk about the recently passed budget and keyed on the so-called property tax freeze.

Cuomo said taxpayers will receive a rebate check for two percent of whatever they pay in property taxes from the state if their local governments stay below the tax cap. Next year, they can receive the same rebate if local governments stay within the cap and further reduce spending.

Some taxpayers questioned the plan, calling it a gimmick.

"What the state should be doing is lowering taxes, reducing its income stream so they're not taking so much from the people in general and they wouldn't have to give us money back," said Jim Arft, an Irondequoit resident.

Cuomo has been putting pressure on the thousands of taxing jurisdictions statewide in efforts to spur consolidation which he says will lead to cost savings for taxpayers.

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