Town Supervisors in the region are joining others around the state to tell Governor Andrew Cuomo: ‘Don’t blame us for high taxes.’

Supervisors in Broome and Tioga Counties held a joint news conference to dispute indications by the Governor that high property taxes are the result of local spending.

Local leaders say they have been sharing services and cutting costs, where possible, for years and further cuts could damage towns’ ability to provide for residents.

The officials said withholding state aid is no way to reduce property taxes as the Governor said aid could be held back from cities, towns and villages if a county-wide shared services plan proposed in the state budget is not implemented on the local level.