In an effort to reduce property taxes across the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a November ballot initiative that would require counties to develop consolidation plans. But some county officials are not convinced that the plans would be as cost-saving or realistic as the governor thinks.
The idea of the proposal is for local municipalities to eliminate service redundancies, coordinate services and jointly purchase transportation and emergency equipment. The plans would be submitted to the county Legislature in August, and appear on the November 2017 general election ballot for residents to vote up or down. If residents vote "no" on the proposal, the county will be required to come up with a new plan for the following year.