February 21, 2017

nys_logo.pngCuomo Calls on County Execs to Promote Tax Cuts

Last Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Suffolk County to urge Long Island’s two County Executives to convene their respective town and village leaders for a “cost cutting” conference of sorts. After illustrating how the state income tax is just a small portion of a Long Islander’s tax bills, Cuomo went on to explain that the remainder of the tax burden is a direct result of property taxes, with Nassau and Suffolk paying some of the highest taxes in the country. With so many layers of government and various taxing districts (think water districts, fire districts, etc.) Cuomo wants local lawmakers to find better ways to utilize and share resources, as well as reduce overhead by combining or eliminating administrative redundancies, saying “Everyone has to figure out how to do more with less.”

The Governor believes the high cost of property taxes makes the cost of living on Long Island too high for most young people and retirees, which is harmful to our long-term economic growth and workforce viability. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone supports the cost-cutting concept, noting that he has already taken steps to make his county government more efficient. A spokesman for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said that Mangano “supports the concept”, as does Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, while others called the proposal “incomplete” as the plan does not address school taxes and other mandates which can account for up to 70% of the average property tax bill. Cuomo is directing that each county’s saving plan be ready by August 1 for necessary legislature approval, so it can be on the ballot for a vote by residents in November. For more on the Governor’s proposal, read the Newsday or News12 articles. 

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