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Published on Oct 8, 2013
Mahopac, N.Y. -- 9/07/2013 -- Unfunded mandates drive up costs to schools, municipalities, and counties; ultimately driving up taxes. Dozens gathered on Saturday morning at Mahopac High School to discuss combating these unfunded mandates.
Senator Greg Ball's (R, C, I -- Patterson) Unfunded Mandate Relief Advisory Council along with Mahopac Central School District Superintendent Thomas Manko hosted over 50 officials at an Emergency Unfunded Mandate and Tax Relief Roundtable on Saturday, September 7, 2013.
Senator John Flanagan (R, C, I -- East Northport), Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Education also attended Senator Ball's roundtable.
The roundtable agenda focused on reviewing a survey of unfunded mandates, the mandate relief resolutions submit to Governor Cuomo's Mandate Relief Council by schools and municipalities in the 40th Senate District and the mandates frequently raised in discussion with school administrators, municipalities, board members and the public.
In June, Senator Ball supported and passed a key piece of legislation (S1294) that would require New York State to fund any program that imposes a mandate upon municipal corporations or school districts. Unfortunately, the legislation failed in the Assembly. Senator Ball said it is vital that the Assembly passes this bill.