“Empire State Equity Act” to Reduce Property Taxes by Increasing Federal Medicaid Support

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is backing a federal proposal that promises to deliver property tax relief to New Yorkers. It is called the “Empire State Equity Act.”

If passed, it would increase federal funding for New York’s Medicaid program. The state would get an additional $2.3 billion dollars.

“While some members of Congress are content to play political games at the expense of their constituents, I’m proud to join members of the New York Congressional Delegation in support of this legislation, which provides much-needed property tax relief while protecting New York’s healthcare system,” Governor Cuomo said. 

“This measure doesn’t rob Peter to pay Paul, it provides real savings for New Yorkers. This state pays much more to the federal government than it gets in return, and I urge Congress to do the right thing by passing this bill and helping to level the playing field between New York and the rest of the nation once and for all,” added Cuomo.

The reason this is being proposed is because New York is a “donor state” that contributes as much as $30 billion more to the federal budget in taxes than it receives back in services.

The state will use the additional funds to eliminate the local share of Medicaid for any county that agrees to lower local property taxes by an equal amount, thereby passing 100 percent of their savings to their taxpayers.

County

Capped County Share of Medicaid
($ in Millions)

Local Medicaid as % of Total Property Taxes

Average Total Residential Property Tax Bill

Estimated Average Savings

Albany

65.2

9%

$4,606

$405

Allegany

10.2

11%

$2,561

$281

Broome

39.6

10%

$3,229

$319

Cattaraugus

17.4

12%

$2,620

$305

Cayuga

14.7

10%

$3,182

$322

Chautauqua

32.3

14%

$2,664

$361

Chemung

20.7

15%

$2,815

$408

Chenango

10.2

12%

$2,441

$283

Clinton

17.9

12%

$2,813

$344

Columbia

11.4

6%

$4,516

$288

Cortland

10.4

11%

$3,587

$393

Delaware

8.9

7%

$2,718

$180

Dutchess

43.8

5%

$5,881

$289

Erie

215.8

13%

$3,616

$474

Essex

6.9

6%

$2,889

$161

Franklin

10.3

12%

$2,453

$299

Fulton

14.2

14%

$2,747

$391

Genesee

9.9

9%

$2,954

$277

Greene

10.1

8%

$3,265

$245

Hamilton

0.7

1%

$2,437

$36

Herkimer

14.0

12%

$2,576

$302

Jefferson

20.6

13%

$2,561

$330

Lewis

5.2

10%

$2,312

$235

Livingston

9.5

8%

$3,389

$262

Madison

11.5

8%

$3,523

$292

Monroe

184.8

11%

$4,671

$528

Montgomery

12.3

16%

$3,122

$486

Nassau

240.8

4%

$10,274

$363

Niagara

46.9

12%

$3,294

$401

Oneida

57.3

15%

$3,021

$461

Onondaga

105.6

11%

$4,238

$465

Ontario

16.7

7%

$3,822

$261

Orange

73.8

6%

$6,665

$433

Orleans

8.5

13%

$2,999

$376

Oswego

25.6

10%

$2,768

$266

Otsego

10.8

10%

$2,696

$276

Putnam

9.9

2%

$8,788

$196

Rensselaer

34.8

10%

$4,478

$469

Rockland

68.5

5%

$9,844

$518

St. Lawrence

24.5

13%

$7,623

$973

Saratoga

25.4

5%

$8,439

$427

Schenectady

35.0

10%

$2,758

$269

Schoharie

5.9

8%

$851

$65

Schuyler

3.9

10%

$1,699

$170

Seneca

6.2

10%

$4,994

$484

Steuben

20.1

11%

$2,797

$295

Suffolk

256.1

4%

$8,574

$357

Sullivan

20.9

7%

$4,300

$321

Tioga

8.4

9%

$2,962

$280

Tompkins

12.3

5%

$4,753

$260

Ulster

37.4

7%

$5,246

$347

Warren

12.6

7%

$3,295

$226

Washington

11.6

9%

$3,385

$313

Wayne

14.5

8%

$3,457

$283

Westchester

223.0

5%

$11,001

$529

Wyoming

5.6

8%

$2,834

$213

Yates

4.4

8%

$3,275

$249

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