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County Administrator Joe Mareane briefed Legislators on Governor Cuomo’s latest proposal to cut local property taxes, announced last week, one that would call for counties to submit a plan to the voters next fall that would save real, recurring cost savings through inter-municipal consolidations, shared services, and efficiencies. The administrator cautioned that the County in the coming weeks will need to determine how to respond.
In his opinion, Mareane said the proposal appears rushed and heavy-handed, and once again mistakenly blames local government waste, inefficiency, and duplication of services for high property taxes—that the real reason for high property taxes is, in fact, the State and its many unfunded mandates, the largest of them Medicaid. He said many questions about the Governor’s proposal remain to be answered, and cautioned the issue will dominate much of the time over the next several months.