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 Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino launches new website:

To visit the stop mandates now website click image below

Stop Mandates Now

When County Executive Kathy Jimino presented her proposed 2012 County Budget, she once again called upon the Governor and State Legislature to “Stop Mandates Now” and bring real tax relief by addressing the State’s unfunded mandates that have driven local taxes in New York State to the highest in the nation. Here in Rensselaer County, 90 cents of every tax dollar collected are used to fund state mandated programs that the county has no control over.

During her address Jimino pointed to the recent New York State Association of Counties report that cited the nine state mandated programs that consume 90% of the local property tax levies of counties outside of New York City and amount to $4 billion each year.  “To fund these nine mandated costs,” Jimino stated, “Rensselaer County, with a current property tax levy of $57.3 million, is forced by law to pay the state 112% (despite tax cap of 102%) of this total tax levy which amounts to $63.3 million in local taxpayer dollars.”

“Over the last 5 years spending on local services has decreased by 11% while state mandated spending has increased by a whopping 54%!”

Note: As in all counties, the biggest mandate culprit – Medicaid !  

VISIT THE SITE FOR ALL THE DETAILS AND TO CONTACT EXEC JIMINO

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