Counties in New York differ greatly from other local governments across the state due to the large number of state programs counties must administer and fund with local resources.
Counties are required under New York State law to implement and finance more than 40 state defined and controlled programs including:
In return for administering and paying for these mandated services, the State partially reimburses counties, but the shortfall is made up by county property taxpayers.
A high number of state imposed mandates = high property taxes.
Memorandum in Support of S.2323 (Griffo) / A.2922 (Brindisi) - AN ACT to amend the general municipal law and the education law, in relation to prohibiting the establishment of certain programs mandated for municipal corporations and school districts unless such programs are fully funded by the state. (January 2018)
9 for 90 Growth Trends (May 2017)
Lowering Property Taxes in New York State (March 2017)
Working Together: Local Governments Sharing Services (January 2017)