BATAVIA – The Genesee County Legislature has renewed its annual plea for relief from unfunded state mandates by declaring the month of May “Mayday for Mandate Relief.”
In a resolution passed Wednesday, the legislators want to “raise awareness that decisions in Albany have a direct impact on the property tax levy and community services in Genesee County.”
Leading the list is Medicaid, which consumes about 30 cents of every dollar in property tax collections, $10 million of $26 million. Statewide, nine state mandates consume 90 percent of all property taxes, or about $4 billion.
Other unfunded mandates include pensions, probation, indigent defense and child welfare programs. “These are the root cause of high property and sales taxes that have led to a decline in important local services,” the resolution states.
The legislators want state lawmakers to “enact legislation preventing future unfunded mandates and work for meaningful mandate relief.”
In other resolutions, the Legislature:
• Approved a four-year extension of a City of Batavia-county joint operating agreement for the Youth Bureau for $18,000. In a related matter, the county will accept $130,000 for three years of funding AmeriCorps, a work program for young people.
• Gave a nod to the Board of Elections to join the digital age by creating digital files for paper voting records. A full document conversion by a Niagara Falls company will cost $42,000, available in unused grant funds.
• Extended a contract with the Genesee County Agricultural Society with an increase to $11,000 for 4-H judging and premiums at the society’s July fair.
• Renewed a contract with Mercy Flight for air rescue service with a county contribution of $14,500, the same as for each of the previous three years.