We spend a lot of time talking about mandate relief.  Probably more than we should.  But mandates are just so…costly that we are compelled to cover them.

So what is a mandate?  A mandate is a law or regulation passed by the legislature that often must be implemented by local agencies with no funding from the state.

But what exactly are we talking about when we say it’s important for the State of New York?  For the next few weeks, we will be posting one mandate every week day as an example of how mandates impact our businesses and local governments.  They raise costs, delay projects, and complicate matters for no reason.  They are…well…BURDONESOME!

We hope that you will continue to return to this page for more information (and a full list of mandates) as they are released.  And we really hope that you will share it with your friends, family and colleagues. (you can see the last 4 week’s mandates, 12, 3, 4, and 5)

1) Real Property Tax Law § 406.  This mandate on local governments requires them to pay property taxes on all municipally owned land outside its municipal boundaries.  This results in nearly $20 million in taxes annually, costing everyone more $ on land often used for public purposes.

2) Inability to Impose Fees for Police Services.  This mandate on local governments does not only cover emergencies, it covers special events.  So, when special events are held, even when an admission fee is paid, the sponsor doesn’t have to pay for the police security.  The taxpayer is left paying for the even security.

3) State Finance Law §54-e.  This mandate on local governments allows them to be reimbursed for the cost of firefighting on state property, but no for emergency medical services.  So, especially where state offices and state colleges are located, municipalities must cover the cost of emergency medical services, costing both money and resources.

4) 3020-a.  This mandate on public schools costs between $128 and $313K every time they bring charges against a staff member.  It can take over a year to finish proceedings in a single case.  Many schools are forced to remove teachers from the classroom due to behavior or sub-par performance and relegate them to other areas rather than firing them, because the proceedings are too expensive.