County executives say Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s proposed state budget would force increases in local property taxes.
The New York State Association of Counties says the proposal cuts aid to counties instead of providing an increase of $500 million that Spitzer claims.
Democratic and Republican county executives say Spitzer’s budget would force more costs for social services, juvenile incarceration and other expenses on county taxpayers.
NYSAC plans to work with Spitzer and the Legislature to restore funding to the budget, which Spitzer wants to hold to about a 5-percent increase because of a worsening economy.
Spitzer disagrees with the county leaders. He says all parts of government need to reduce spending and cut taxes.
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