Albany Must Deliver Mandate Relief Now!
Local governments across the state are calling on Albany to remove the costly mandates strapping county, town, and school district budgets and burdening residents with some of the highest property taxes in the nation.
State legislators for years have passed statutes and regulations onto local governments and school boards eating up large parts of their budgets and causing property taxes to increase to unbearable levels. By the state mandating these laws, it takes away local control from those who know best for their community and its needs.
Mandate relief is needed. Citizens and organizations are making efforts to tell Albany to act now! Our friends at Best4NY have started a grassroots effort petitioning state legislators and Governor Cuomo to deliver mandate relief this session.
Click here to sign the petition!
State mandates are emptying taxpayers’ wallets. Homeowners in Erie County can expect that 96% of their county property tax bill will go to pay for Medicaid. Nine separate mandates are taking 75 cents of every dollar from the Westchester County budget.
The Triborough Amendment guarantees pay increases for teachers that add almost $300 million a year to local school budgets across the State. School districts are sacrificing student services and programs in order to pay for mandated expenses. Albany’s demands are creating fiscal crises in local communities, and are forcing more businesses and residents to flee our state.