Savings go directly back to property taxpayers as credits or rebates.
ALBANY, NY — February 5, 2016 — Senator George Latimer (D-Westchester) announced legislation that he has introduced ( S.6486), which will increase the state’s financial responsibility for early intervention special education programs from 50% of the total reimburseable expenses to 75%.
The early intervention programs, provided through contracts with local governments for children from birth to age two, are often extremely intensive services and therapies needed to assist the young and vulnerable. The programs and services provided by the state are mandated for children with needs, and early intervention is one of the most expensive state mandates county governments face.
“Early intervention programs were created to help meet the needs of our youngest disabled children. They really are state programs, administered though the counties, with the state deciding long ago that the counties should pay half the cost. That is an unfair burden on our counties, and our property tax payers,” Senator Latimer explained.
Under the legislation, NYS would increase its share of payment for the programs, with at least 90% of those savings being credited or rebated directly to the real property tax levy in the next fiscal year.
“Part of the agreement when the state adopted the local property tax cap was that we would get mandate relief. The state has been slow in moving mandate relief forward, and the high cost of early intervention services is a good place to start,” added Latimer.
SOURCE: Joseph A. Glazer, Esq., Director of Communications, Office of Senator George Latimer