Molinaro to Cuomo: Thanks for the Lecture…Let Us Know When You Are Ready to Get to Work
Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, today, took exception to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s statement regarding New York State’s skyrocketing high property taxes.
During his State of the State speech at SUNY Purchase on Tuesday, Governor Cuomo admitted New Yorkers suffer from high taxes. “We pay some of the highest taxes in the United States of America,” Cuomo stated. He also was quick to pass the buck saying, “You’re upset about paying taxes? Don’t be upset at me.”
Molinaro’s response, “Thanks for the lecture Governor…let us know when you are ready to get to work. No county in this State has done more to adopt shared services than Dutchess and no State in America has passed on more costs to their local governments than New York.”
In Dutchess County, mandated state spending accounts for $.70 cents of every single county tax dollar spent. Today, there are nearly $5 billion dollars in state mandates on counties and just last week, the Governor vetoed a bill that would have delivered real; relief to county taxpayers by eliminating the cost to counties to provide state mandated indigent public legal defense
Molinaro added, “There was a lot of talk in the last election about fake news, and what we heard in today’s lecture from Governor Cuomo was clearly little more than a slick propaganda effort designed to mislead voters on what really accounts for high local property taxes.”
Molinaro continued, “In Dutchess County we have made government smaller, smarter and more effective, but mandated spending continues to be a burden on local taxpayers and dictate the amount of tax dollars counties must spend.”
Concluded Molinaro “Real property tax relief starts with mandate relief and that starts with the Governor, no one else. The Governor needs to get off the lecture circuit, get back to Albany and work with the State legislature to save us a buck, not pass the buck. We will meet you there, roll up our sleeves and get to work.”