The New York State Association of Counties this week released a set of white papers to provide the county government perspective on the State Budget, as lawmakers begin developing their spending priorities for the 2015-16 State Budget.
“As legislators formulate one-house budgets, we urge our state representatives to address the concerns that impact our local taxpayers. We share a common goal and a common purpose, and that is to enhance our quality of life and ease the burden on taxpayers,” said NYSAC President Anthony J. Picente Jr.
NYSAC’s white papers, which can be found in full at www.nysac.org/legislative-action/ detail:
Mandate relief proposals ideas to lower county property taxes
The need to target surplus funds to critical infrastructure needs
The local impact of raising the age of criminal responsibility
Underserved areas of the state need broadband access to thrive
Changes to the State’s Indigent Defense Services programs
A focus on economic development, and
A call for omnibus home rule language to codify county sales tax authority.
“Our members are reaching out to their representatives on these and other critical local concerns. We are reinforcing that we work for the same constituents. Our interests are New Yorkers’ interests. It’s important that our state lawmakers understand what we do at the local level, and to take steps to protect and strengthen the communities where their constituents live, work and raise families,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario.