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January 13, 2021

Consumer Price Index December 2020

Source: NYSUT Research and Educational Services
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The United States City Average Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) for December 2020 was 260.474 — representing a change of 1.4 percent over the index for December 2019.

The Northeast Area Consumer Price Index for December 2020 was 274.225 — representing a change of 1.4 percent over the index for December 2019.

The New York-Northern New Jersey Area Consumer Price Index for December 2020 was 284.350— representing a change of 1.6 percent over the index for December 2019.

The January CPI will be available February 10, 2021.

Future projections of the CPI by businesses and economic organizations are found in the complete document. CPI increases are projected at 2.0 percent for 2021 and 2.1 percent for 2022.

The Average Annual Change in the CPI for the 2020 calendar year was 1.23%. This is important because under the tax cap law, allowable increases in the property tax levy are based on either 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. Therefore, districts will use a 1.23% inflation factor when they are calculating their tax levy limit for 2021-22. Districts must use an eight-step formula to calculate their tax levy limit and submit this information to the NYS Office of State Comptroller by March 1, 2021. 

Released on January 13, 2021
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