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A December 2014 report presented by Cornell University’s Department of City and Regional Planning, the Community and Regional Development Institute, and the Fiscal Policy Institute entitled State Austerity Policy & Creative Local Response, stated:
“Currently, most government functions in New York State are handled by municipalities and school districts rather than the state. Local governments (except NYC) can only raise property taxes and fees, and have been keeping their expenditures steady over the past 10 years when adjusted for inflation.”
“State aid for counties and towns has dropped dramatically over the past 10 years, while aid to villages is flat. School districts have also seen drops in state aid.”
The website of the Office of the New York State Comptroller has many extremely useful tools and information for local government and more. The url is osc.state.ny.us. For example, among its many publications is New Financial Tools for Local Officials for 2020 and Beyond. It also includes information on seminars, including those specifically for local officials, and state and local government data.
Newsday published an editorial so entitled on September 22 (online on the prior day). You can read it here. We responded on September 25 with the following letter to the editor.
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