“While we still have a long way to go before we get to a final budget, the proposal by the Governor this week is a good first step on several key priorities for counties,” NYSAC President and Ontario County Board Chair Jack Marren. “Over the coming months we'll continue to work with state leaders to ensure local governments have the resources and flexibility they need to finish the fight against COVID-19 and provide essential services to our residents while protecting local taxpayers.”
“The budget proposed by Governor Cuomo this week incorporates numerous proposals put forth by county leaders over the last several months as we sought to work constructively with the state,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario. “We're particularly encouraged by provisions which reimburse state funds, grant local sales tax permanency, allow for shared jails and jail staffing flexibility, provide revenue from recreation cannabis and a host of other changes that help counties increase program efficiencies. We do, however, have concerns around issues like the diversion of local sales taxes and cuts to VLT aid, about which we will continue to engage with state leaders.”
NYSAC is committed to communicating the needs and recommendations of county officials as State lawmakers negotiate the next year's spending plan. Learn more about the 2021-22 State Budget and the impact on counties at www.nysac.org/nysbudget.
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