Harris: Unfunded state mandates led to county tax increase

Published: Friday, September 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM.

•The state-implemented Healthcare Responsibility Act: "It basically requires local governments to pay for indigent healthcare cost for county residents, regardless of where the service is provided in the state," Stanford said.

The state has a process for balancing its own budget, Harris said.

"This is the process," he said, making a sweeping motion across the table with his hands. "They sweep it from Tallahassee to local government and let us take the heat."

While counties are forced to make unpopular cuts in services or unwanted tax increases to finance these and other state mandates, the state appears to have balanced its budget, Harris said.

"What we do is cut 134 staff positions, cut purchases, we cut down spending," Harris said. "When they (the state) cut, they just dump it on the counties. It looks great for them."

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