Last Monday, the state Association of Counties (NYSAC) released a report that includes 51 recommendations on how Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature can cut mandate costs on local governments.
The report argues that the state’s unfunded mandates—those programs or regulations required by state law that local governments must pay for —are causing fiscal stress for most local governments, and may even cause some to go into financial insolvency. The 2-percent property tax cap, which limits revenue that governments can raise through taxes, has confounded the problem, officials have said.
NYSAC Executive director Stephen Acquario said:
“Unless and until the state relieves some of these mandates, our counties will continue to face structural deficits. Counties are doing their part to lower the costs they can control, but they have no ability to reduce the costs handed down by Albany.”
Read NYSAC’s report here.