Officials call for mandate relief to be included in tax cap

The village of Saranac Lake is not alone in its call for mandate relief. Mark LaVigne, spokesman for the New York State Association of Counties, says the legislature needs to take over direct funding and management of some programs currently administered at the county level.

"90% of the county property tax levy statewide goes to pay for nine state mandated programs, from Medicaid to early intervention, to preschool special education, probation and pension," he said.

Trustees in Saranac Lake say they'll support a cap on property taxes only if Cuomo gets serious about mandate reform.

"The state must reform the cost drivers that lead to high property taxes in New York - including pension benefits, health insurance costs and the collective bargaining process - as the central element of any effort to provide overdue property tax relief to the residents and businesses of New York," the board's resolution reads.

If approved, the resolution will be forward to Assemblywomen Teresa Sayward and Janet Duprey, State Senator Betty Little, and the leaders of both legislative branches - as well as Governor-elect Cuomo and the New York State Conference of Mayors.

The board takes action on the bill during Tuesday's meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the village offices on Main Street.

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