Democratic Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature

Democrats Propose Committee to Ensure Residents Are Eligible for State Tax Rebate

Tom MorriseyComment

Rochester, New York — July 30, 2014.  In response to Governor Cuomo’s property tax freeze plan, Legislator Joseph Morelle, Jr. (D – Irondequoit) has introduced legislation to create a special temporary Committee to Create Cost Savings to ensure Monroe County’s compliance with the plan and would allow residents to be eligible for the rebates offered under the plan.

“Monroe County has some of the highest property taxes in America, and these high taxes are putting a strain on local homeowners,” Legislator Morelle said. “The establishment of this committee will lessen that strain by ensuring our residents are eligible for the rebate as intended by Governor Cuomo. Our focus should be keeping money in taxpayers’ pockets.”

In order to be qualified for the rebates, municipalities must submit a government efficiency plan or shared services plan that demonstrates savings equal to one percent of the combined property tax levied for those in the plan.

The Committee will explore Monroe County’s options to control costs through shared services or consolidations to benefit tax payers. The committee would be comprised of thirteen members, including County Legislators, City of Rochester administration officials, and community members to accurately represent the challenges of our County. Once all members are appointed, the committee will meet in public to develop a plan of potential efficiencies, consolidations, and cost sharing proposals to be submitted no later than April 1, 2015.

The legislation will be considered by the County Legislature’s Agenda/Charter Committee on Wednesday, July 30 at 5:30PM in the Legislative Chambers in the County Office Building.