NYCOM’s Mayoral Task Force on Mandate and Property Tax Relief Releases Recommendations

A delegation of mayors from across the state today released a report containing recommendations of the New York State Conference of Mayors’ Task Force on Mandate and Property Tax Relief. The report, entitled “You Can’t Cap What You Can’t Control,” contains a significant set of mandate relief proposals, primarily in the workforce arena, that must be adopted by the State Legislature prior to considering any form of a property tax cap. It also identifies those rapidly rising costs – the growth of which is beyond local control – that must be excluded from a property tax cap.

In addition to first calling on the state to impose a temporary freeze on public sector wages, the recommendations focus on ways to provide property tax relief by reducing local government expenses associated with employee pensions, health insurance, and police and firefighter disability benefits. The report also identifies necessary reforms to the prevailing wage and civil service laws that would help lower municipal infrastructure costs and provide public employers greater ability to manage their workforce so they can provide services more cost-effectively.

The Task Force, NYCOM’s Executive Committee and full membership look forward to working with the new Administration and the State Legislature to implement these recommendations in the hope of achieving a better and more affordable New York.

Please click here to view the Recommendations of the Task Force.

Please click here to view the Press Release.