Troy-Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino is calling upon the State to release the funds owed Rensselaer County. Currently the County is due to receive nearly $18 million in reimbursement of funds the County is required to pay in the first instance to administer and partially fund the State’s mandated programs. The State then reimburses the county for their share of the cost of the program the State requires the county to provide.
“Recent reports from the Governor, Legislature, and Comptroller indicated that State taxes are generating more revenue than expected for the State, yet the State is continuing to withhold reimbursement to counties for the expenses we incur administering and paying our required share for the programs they mandate us to provide. Their refusal to reimburse counties in a timely manner, in many cases for nearly a year, forces us to borrow money to meet our other obligations driving up the cost of government to our residents,” said Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino.
“The State does not allow us nor any taxpayer to be late with the money owed to the State yet they are chronically late in paying money they owe us for their share of the mandated program they require. Especially at a time when our State leaders are announcing that the State coffers have more money in hand then they expected, this practice of not paying us the money we are due is unacceptable,” concluded Jimino.