More than 20 Mid-Hudson Local Leaders Endorse Governor's Bold Proposal
Governor Cuomo Will Match Savings Achieved By Local Governments in the First Year
New Initiative Builds on Success of Governor Cuomo's 2 Percent Property Tax Cap and Property Tax Freeze – Saving New Yorkers $17 Billion Through 2016
Rockland County Executive Ed Day today endorsed Governor Cuomo's plan to reduce property taxes by empowering voters to approve locally-designed plans that deliver shared, coordinated services and lower the cost of local government. The Governor’s groundbreaking proposal would require county executives to convene local government to meetings to develop shared service plans that reduce duplicative spending and find real, recurring property tax savings.
"Property taxes remain the most burdensome tax on home- and business-owners in the Mid-Hudson Valley and across New York, and this bold initiative will empower local governments to work together to find real solutions to lower costs, cut property taxes and improve government efficiency," Governor Cuomo said. "I commend these local leaders and look forward to working together to develop plans to deliver real relief to property taxpayers."
The Governor’s proposal empowers municipalities to develop plans that eliminate duplicative services, lower the costs of local governments, and ease the burden on taxpayers. Plans should enhance purchasing power, such as jointly purchasing and coordinating the use of expensive transportation or emergency equipment. The Governor has also committed to match savings achieved by local governments in the first year. These shared service plans will not impact AIM funding included in the FY 2018 Executive Budget for towns, villages and cities.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day said, "The Governor’s proposal to re-double our current efforts in consolidation and shared services is a common sense concept that promotes fiscal responsibility and most importantly, can stem the rise of property taxes. Here in Rockland, where strategies included both consolidations and shared services, we have already reduced our budget by 9% and shrunk government by 22%, and I certainly appreciate the Governor further empowering local leaders to streamline government and reduce the burden on taxpayers in here and across New York. As County Executive, I have pushed hard to keep costs down and ease the tax pressure on our residents. The Governor’s proposal will help us redouble our efforts, and I am confident that, working together, we can continue to find sensible changes that make local government more efficient and more effective."
I commend these local leaders and look forward to working together to develop plans to deliver real relief to property taxpayers.
The following Mid-Hudson Valley local leaders have endorsed the Governor's bold proposal to reduce property taxes and the cost of local government.
- Rockland County Executive Ed Day
- Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus
- Ulster County Executive Mike Hein
- Sullivan County Chairman of the Legislature Luis Alvarez
- Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato
- Rockland County Legislator Aney Paul
- Rockland County Legislator Nancy Low-Hogan
- Rockland County Legislator Jay Hood
- Rockland County Legislator Harriett Cornell
- Town of Haverstraw Supervisor Howard Phillips
- Town of Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart
- Town of Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner
- Town of New Paltz Supervisor Neil Bettez
- Mt. Vernon Mayor Rich Thomas
- Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano
- Village of New Paltz Mayor Tim Rodgers
- Village of Wappingers Falls Mayor Matthew Alexander
- City of Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano
- Village of West Haverstraw Mayor Robert D'Amelio
- Village of Nyack Mayor Jen Laird-White
- Village of Grand-View-on-the-Hudson Mayor Lawrence Lynn
- Village of Airmont Mayor Philip Gigante
Plans will be developed by county executives working together with local government:
- County executive convenes one or more meetings to obtain suggestions and hear comments on county shared service plan.
- Cities, towns and villages must provide plans to the counties.
- County executive submits his or her shared services plan to the legislature for comments.
- County executive shared services plan is then submitted to voters for their action in a referendum at the general election in November of 2017.
- If the plan is rejected, the county executive would prepare a new plan for submission to the electorate for a second vote in November of 2018.
Reducing New York’s burdensome property taxes has been a priority of Governor Cuomo and his administration, leading to actions such as the Property Tax Cap and Property Tax Freeze, saving taxpayers more than $17 billion through 2016.
Mandate Relief for New York Municipalities
Since 2011, Governor Cuomo has held state spending growth below 1.4 percent, the lowest spending of any Governor since before Nelson Rockefeller. Outstanding debt has also been lowered for the past four years, and the Governor has continued to provide significant mandate relief for counties, towns, villages and cities across the state. These efforts include:
- Saving local governments $3.2 billion in 2018 by capping the cost of Medicaid growth;
- Reforming the state’s pension system to save the State and local governments more than $80 billion over the next 30 years;
- Requiring arbitration panels consider a municipality's ability to pay certain local contracts;
- Authorizing local shared services, like allowing up to three school districts with fewer than 1,000 students each to share a school superintendent; and
- Providing local governments with expanded procurement options, such as the authority to "piggyback" on Federal General Services Administration contracts and county public works contracts as a way to reduce costs for local governments.
The Property Tax Burden in New York
Included in Governor Cuomo's FY 2018 Executive Budget, the shared services proposal will build on mandate relief and local government efficiency programs recently established by the Governor, including the Municipal Restructuring Fund and the Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition. The property tax is the largest tax burden for New Yorkers across the state, with the typical taxpayer paying 2.5 times more in property taxes than in income taxes. Westchester, Nassau and Rockland rank among the five highest counties in the nation for the cost of property taxes, and in terms of property taxes paid as a share of home value, 13 of the 15 highest-taxed counties are in New York, primarily upstate, with Wayne, Monroe and Cattaraugus among the highest in the country.
Though property taxes are controlled by local governments, the Governor has made it a priority to help reduce the burden property taxes for all New Yorkers. The Property Tax Cap is at the center of these efforts, and aided by more than $100 million in State efficiency programs, it has driven local governments to control costs and save the typical homeowner $2,100 through 2016. When combined with the Property Tax Freeze, the Property Tax Cap has saved taxpayers more than $17 billion through 2016.
This initiative builds on local government efficiency programs established earlier by Governor Cuomo, including the Citizens Re-Organization and Empowerment Grant and the Citizens Empowerment Tax Credit. Together they aim to not only empower citizens, but also to give local governments the tools they need to remain compliant with the Property Tax Cap.