GLENVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has upped the ante in Albany's long-running effort to get cities, towns, villages and counties to consolidate or share services.
Under his new plan, if there's no cost-saving plan from local officials, then there are no rebates to local homeowners. The municipal officials who would be on the hook for executing the plans say they support the concept, but foresee challenges.
Cuomo's budget proposal calls for tax rebates this year to eligible homeowners who live in jurisdictions that stay within the 2 percent cap on property tax increases. Cuomo wants to increase the pressure in the second year, when local governments and school districts also would be required to come up with a cost-saving plan for consolidating or sharing services like law enforcement and firefighting.