March 11, 2019
Dear County Leader,

Today, NYSAC is launching the Mandate Monitor.

The Mandate Monitor is a tool to assist
counties in tracking the impact of state mandated programs on county taxpayers, and to illustrate exactly how local taxes are driven by decisions made by state leaders in the Capitol.

Download the Mandate Monitor here: 
We encourage every county to fill out the Mandate Monitor worksheet to quantify the net cost of state programs on your local spending plans, and then share that information with your state representatives.

This tool starts with the nine state mandates that equate to 90% of the aggregate county property taxes collected statewide. It also includes other mandates that counties must administer and fund (at least in part) at the local level.

Our state leaders need to understand how the decisions they make in the State Capitol are reducing our ability to fund a range of local quality of life programs, including infrastructure, health, public safety, mental health, senior citizens, and veterans, elections, among others.

Please share your county's Mandate Monitor results with state leaders as well as NYSAC so we can support your efforts - the numbers are very helpful in illustrating the true local impact of unfunded state mandates.

Here are two recent newspaper articles that reflect the county analysis of the Mandate Monitor:

Our Legislative Staff is continuing to hold meetings with state leaders to convey the harsh effect of unfunded state policies on local communities.

For additional resources, please visit


Charles H. Nesbitt, Jr.
NYSAC President
The New York State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association serving all 62 counties of New York State including the City of New York. Organized in 1925, NYSAC's mission is to represent, educate, serve and advocate for member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public. For more information, visit

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