For Immediate Release: January 16, 2024
Statement from NYSAC President Daniel P. McCoy in Response to SFY 2025 Executive Budget Proposal
The state budget proposal unveiled today is a positive step forward that delivers on several county government related priorities. First and foremost, there do not appear to be any new unfunded mandates, which have burdened local taxpayers unnecessarily for decades. The budget also appears to finally enable counties to collect revenue that is owed but remains uncollected from vacation rental platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. This has been a priority for counties to close this loophole and bring parity amongst the industry. We are also encouraged by the Governor’s commitment of $135 million to partner with local governments on strengthening emergency communication systems and infrastructure.
We also applaud Governor Hochul for her willingness to work with counties over the last several months to develop a workable framework to meet the requirements of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Tyler v. Hennepin County regarding property tax foreclosures. As we delve into the budget details, we expect that many of our suggestions have been incorporated into her proposal, and we encourage the State Legislature to support its inclusion in the final budget.
In terms of the over $1 billion in federal Medicaid funds that are still owed to counties and New York City, we remain committed to working with the Governor and Legislature to find a resolution to this.
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