Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file][/caption]Senator Thomas Libous says he wants New York state's property tax cap to be made permanent.

The Republican-controlled Senate has voted in favor of retaining the tax cap which was enacted in 2011.

Libous, a Binghamton Republican, did not vote on the plan to keep the tax cap. In a statement released May 26, Libous noted he was not in Albany because he is recovering from back surgery. But, he said, if he had been there, he would have "enthusiastically" voted in favor of making the cap permanent.

The Libous statement observed that the vast majority of state school districts and local governments have kept spending increases below the cap since the restriction went into effect.

Libous called on the Democrat-controlled Assembly to vote in favor of making the tax cap permanent before the regular legislative session ends in a few weeks.