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January 22, 2021 - 11:58am

NYS counties score proposed budget: 'It's a good first step' but big funding gaps still loom

posted by Press Release in NYSAC, news, 2021-2022 New York State Budget, covid-19, VLT.

Press release:

The New York State Association of Counties today (Feb. 22) released their 2021-2022 Executive State Budget scorecard.

It highlights key issues that impact counties and notes items that counties actively support or seek to change in the final enacted budget.

“While we still have a long way to go before we get to a final budget, the proposal by the Governor this week is a good first step on several key priorities for counties,” said NYSAC President and Ontario County Board Chair Jack Marren.

“Over the coming months we’ll continue to work with state leaders to ensure local governments have the resources and flexibility they need to finish the fight against COVID-19 and provide essential services to our residents while protecting local taxpayers.”

NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario said “The budget proposed by Governor Cuomo this week incorporates numerous proposals put forth by county leaders over the last several months as we sought to work constructively with the state.

“We’re particularly encouraged by provisions which reimburse state funds, grant local sales tax permanency, allow for shared jails and jail staffing flexibility, provide revenue from recreation cannabis, and a host of other changes that help counties increase program efficiencies.

"We do, however, have concerns around issues like the diversion of local sales taxes and cuts to VLT aid, about which we will continue to engage with state leaders.”

NYSAC is committed to communicating the needs and recommendations of county officials as State lawmakers negotiate the next year’s spending plan.

Learn more about the 2021-22 State Budget and the impact on counties at www.nysac.org/nysbudget.

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