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Counties Call on Albany to Defend Local Taxpayers from State Cost Shifts

March 28, 2017

Property taxpayers will shoulder hundreds of millions of dollars in new mandates if state budget proposals pass, with limited state reimbursement at a later date.


A Statement About Why The State Budget Matters to County Property Taxes

March 27, 2017

By Stephen J. Acquario, Executive Director of the New York State Association of Counties


Why The State Budget Matters to County Property Taxes

The budget decisions made in Albany have a direct impact on counties and county property taxpayers.

Counties Detail State Budget Priorities for Indigent Defense Services

March 21, 2017

State Legislative Budgets Address Proposed Cost Shifts to County Taxpayers

NYSAC Release on One House Budgets Turning Back Proposed Cost Shifts

NYSAC Release Commends State Legislature for Growing Commitment to Local Infrastructure

Counties Applaud State Legislature's Commitment to Local Infrastructure

NYSAC Statement on Congressional Legislation Forcing State to Take Over Medicaid Costs

A Statement By NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario on the introduction of Congressional legislation that would protect property taxpayers from the State of New York

Updated NYSAC Release: Hundreds of County Officials Convened in Albany

Statewide Conference Brought Hundreds of County Voices to Albany

County Leaders Unite to Fight the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone hosted a heroin and opioid abuse event today to offer a prescription for local action to help combat addiction in Long Island.
Bellone welcomed Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz to discuss the findings of the National Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse and to discuss policy and partnership solutions that have been recommended by the task force. Poloncarz is the New York State local government representative on the national task force. 
The Long Island event brought together dozens of legislators, law enforcement, mental health, health care, and addiction prevention officials from Nassau and Suffolk counties.
“We will have these regional forums across the state. They are designed to discuss prevention and education strategies that can help to stem the tide of drug, especially opioid abuse in local communities,” said Erie County Executive Poloncarz.
“The heroin and opioid abuse epidemic is impacting too many families in our communities, and it cannot and should not be ignored,” said County Executive Bellone. “This is an opportunity for local government officials, law enforcement, and health care specialists to come together to see what's working and what needs to happen to address this issue now.  With overdose rates continuing to rise, we must act now.”
The local meeting is part of a nationwide effort sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National League of Cities to focus on strategies and programs that aim to prevent individuals from becoming dependent on prescription painkillers and heroin. As the number of drug-related deaths rise across the U.S., these local leaders are redoubling their efforts to boost prevention, designed to keep individuals from becoming drug dependent in the first place.
“This collaborative approach by local leaders is intended to bolster our respective efforts to mitigate the opioid crisis and strengthen the safety and security of our neighborhoods. These regional dialogues are designed to encourage community leaders to discuss the issues related to this crisis, growing trends, and proven responses,” said Matt Chase, executive director of the National Association of Counties.
“As county leaders, we are entrusted with preserving the health and safety of our communities.  It is our duty to do whatever we can to help break the cycles of addiction, overdose, and death that have taken hold in so many corners of this state,” said Schoharie County Treasurer William E. Cherry, president of the New York State Association of Counties, which is coordinating the regional events across the state. 

NYSAC Release: 4th quarter sales taxes continue slow growth

January 13, 2017
The 4th quarter 2016 sales tax revenue data released today shows continues the trend of slower sales tax growth compared to the years leading up to the Great Recession, according to the New York State Association of Counties.
“It is difficult at this time to precisely explain the slower growth in many counties.  While Internet sales continue to outpace brick and mortar storefront sales, gasoline prices were about 12 percent lower in 2016 compared to 2015.  Meanwhile, stagnant wage growth and higher costs of health care and housing could be placing downward pressure on retail sales, and therefore sales tax collections,” said NYSAC President William E. Cherry, Schoharie County Treasurer.
When comparing sales tax collections in the 4th Quarter 2016 to the 4th Quarter of 2015:
  • 20 counties had negative receipts,
  • the percent increase for all counties was +1.9%, and
  • the average change per county was +1.2%.
When comparing sales tax collections for the full year of 2016 to the full year of 2015:
  • 18 counties had negative receipts,
  • the percent increase for all counties was +1.4%, and
  • the average change per county was 1.1%.
These trends well documented in a recent report by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who noted: “local sales tax revenue growth fell from 3.6 percent to 1.8 percent in the first nine months of 2016 from the same period a year earlier. While revenue collections varied by region, counties are particularly reliant on sales tax revenues.”
Counties use sales and property tax revenue to provide road and bridge maintenance, 9-1-1 emergency dispatch services, sheriff road patrol, restaurant inspections, veterans services, worker training, addiction prevention counseling, and senior programs such as meals on wheels.  In addition, counties are required by the State fund $7.5 billion of the state's Medicaid program. Other mandated responsibilities include safety net, pre-school special education, early intervention, public defense, probation, youth detention, child welfare, and pensions. In total, these nine state mandates consume 99% of the aggregate county property taxes collected statewide. All other county programs are funded through sales tax revenues.