Counties in the News, January 5, 2017
Thursday's news from counties across the state.
County costs are correlated to state mandates
In New York, county expenditures are heavily driven by state law under which county governments are required to administer and fund an array of state and federal programs.
The major cost categories for counties include social services, general government projects, employee salaries and benefits, and public safety, which account for nearly 65 percent of county expenses.
County spending is highly correlated to increases in state-imposed mandates and also economic conditions that both increased demands for social services and curtailed revenue.
State mandates require counties to follow strict state rules about what services must be provided, including the amount and duration of benefits.
Counties in most other states do not have to administer such a large number of state programs using locally raised tax revenues.
Nine (9) of these state mandates add up to the entire primary revenue source available to most counties—the property tax.
NYSAC Update On the Veto of the Public Defense Mandate Relief Act
Second Change for $3 Million in E-Waste Recycling Grants
Legislature vows independence from Cuomo
Nassau County Officials Swear in 181 New Police Recruits
Rockland Legislature selected new chairman
Don't wait to report someone missing
County Executive Marc Molinaro, Wife Corinne Welcome Baby Boy
Free Tuition Not Best Use of Tax Money
Disappointment, anger greet veto of indigent defense legislation
County Legislature poised to fill vacated New Scotland, Bethlehem seat
Geraghty talks about 4 years at county's helm
Collection drive for local veterans culminates with mountains of donations (Video)
Jefferson County legislators call on state to takeover indigent defense costs
Federal bill could prevent wind projects near military bases
Oneida County legislature expected to approve new legislator
Herkimer Co. legislators approve sales tax agreement
Delaware County supervisors pick new leader
CENTRAL NEW YORK
Madison County reacts to Cuomo's veto of indigent defense proposal, honors three long-time employees
Onondaga County GOP selects replacement for Rapp
Cayuga County Legislature chairman contributes to Senate water quality report
Who can save the CNY film hub? State seeks partner to breathe life into $15M studio
Veto of public defender funding keeps costs on counties' books
WESTERN NEW YORK
Allegany County: Chairman Crandall disappointed by veto of defense aid
Budget provides funding for numerous area projects