Updated: 03/27/2014 12:21 PM
Created: 03/27/2014 11:53 AM WHEC.com
The Monroe County Council of Governments, along with Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, is speaking out about Governor Cuomo’s tax freeze proposal. They're calling for the state legislature to reject the freeze and for Governor Cuomo to add measures providing relief for taxpayers.
The governor has proposed a two-year tax freeze, including a property tax rebate for taxpayers in municipalities that stay within the cap for the first two years. The council says a freeze is not enough.
Officials say New York State has some of the highest property taxes in the country and they need to be lowered. They also say the governor is putting too much blame on county governments for high taxes.
Maggie Brooks, Monroe County Executive, said, "Local governments are not the problem and pointing the finger of blame at local governments is simply a way to divert attention from state mandated expenditures on things like Medicaid, welfare, pensions, which are the true drivers of high property taxes in New York State.”
Monroe County property taxes are the second highest in the nation.