Minoa Mayor Richard Donovan was recently appointed to serve on the New York Conference of Mayors' "Mayoral Task Force on Mandate Relief."
"Talk of imposing a property tax cap in New York has failed to focus on relief from state mandates, which is the essential element to controlling property taxes," said Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who made the appointment. "A property tax cap without relief from state mandates is a fool's errand, since you can't cap what you can't control. Mayor Donovan keenly understands the danger state mandates pose to the fiscal well-being of Minoa and all of New York. I look forward to his insights and input on this critically important issue."
The task force mission is to develop and recommend, by the end of the year, a significant set of mandate relief proposals that must be adopted by the state Legislature prior to enacting any form of a property tax cap. These recommendations will focus on the state mandates that are the key culprits in obstructing local officials' efforts to control spending and property taxes. In addition to sharing the task force report with state legislators and their leadership, it will also serve as NYCOM's briefing document for the incoming governor, transition team and administration.