Resolution No. 84

Supervisors BORN and ARGOTSINGER offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION CALLING ON GOVERNOR CUOMO AND THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE TO PRESERVE THE ZERO PERCENT MEDICAID GROWTH CAP FOR ALL COUNTIES AND NEW YORK CITY

WHEREAS, spending in New York State for Medicaid is the single largest expense in the State budget and in County budgets; and

WHEREAS, the funding to support the Medicaid program is provided by a combination of federal, state and local resources; and

WHEREAS, the local share of Medicaid funding paid in New York is the highest of any state in the country and is more than what 43 individual states pay for in state share for their Medicaid programs; and

WHEREAS, the local share of Medicaid cost paid by Fulton County property taxpayers is $13.7 million per year; and

WHEREAS, the large local funding share for Medicaid and other state programs is a major contributor to New York’s high local tax burden compared to other states; and

WHEREAS, one of the most prominent property tax reduction and mandate relief initiatives in state history was the zero percent Medicaid growth cap implemented in 2015; and         

WHEREAS, this zero percent growth cap enables counties to maintain vital local services; and

WHEREAS, unraveling the Medicaid Cap, as proposed by Governor Cuomo, will cause property taxes to rise dramatically and stifle economic growth; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby calls upon the Governor and legislative leaders to maintain the zero percent Medicaid growth cap for counties and New York City by rejecting Part R of the Health and Mental Hygiene Article VII as they address state budget shortfalls; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Treasurer, Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, NYSAC, Fulton Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, Budget Director/County Auditor and Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board.

 

Seconded by WHOLE BOARD and adopted by the following vote: 
Total:  Ayes: 20   Nays: 0

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