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Capital Region leaders upset with Cuomo's plan to cut property taxes

January 11, 2017 11:19 AM

ALBANY -- It's not just legislative leaders who aren't happy with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State tour.

Local leaders are upset over a plan the governor released Tuesday to try and reduce property taxes. Cuomo wants counties to draw up plans to consolidate public services and have that plan ready for the public to vote on in November.

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Cuomo says the plans would eliminate duplicative government services for big property tax savings. But local county officials aren't buying it. They say the biggest burden for counties isn't duplicate services but rather unfunded mandates from the state.

"To say that by sharing services, that we already are doing, we can reduce our property taxes, denies the fact that so much of our property taxes are driven by these state mandated programs,” said Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino.

"Eighty percent of my budget is unfunded mandates,” added Albany County Executive Dan McCoy. “So when they're sitting there telling us to do more with less and consolidate, we are consolidating, we want to continue to consolidate, but Governor, help us."

County officials say they were asked to come up with a similar plan two years ago. Both McCoy and Jimino said the indigent legal services bill -- which the Cuomo recently vetoed -- would have lifted a massive unfunded mandate and resulted in significant property tax savings.

Cuomo is giving his State of the State at UAlbany at 2 p.m. Wednesday. NewsChannel 13 will stream the event live at wnyt.com.

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