Relates to the definition of consolidation of local governmental entities; provides that alteration of village boundaries to be coterminus with a town shall require a showing to the secretary of state that there shall be a consolidation of services resulting in savings to taxpayers.
Ayes (7): Martins, Ball, Little, McDonald, Stewart-Cousins, Oppenheimer, Klein
Ayes W/R (1): Ritchie
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to the definition of consolidation for the consolidation in dissolution of local government
PURPOSE: To expand the definition of the term "consolidation" for purposes of the "citizen empowerment tax credit" and the "local government citizens re-organization empowerment grant program" to include the creation of a coterminous village and town government.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Amends subdivision 2 of section 750 of the general municipal law to include "the alteration of the borders of a village to be coterminous with a town" within the definition of the term "consolidation" so long as the implementation of the alteration of the borders can be demonstrated by the town and village to the satisfaction of the secretary of state that a consolidation of services shall occur which will produce a net savings to the property taxpayers.
Section 2. Effective Date.
JUSTIFICATION: Current law does not include the creation of a coterminous village and town government within the definition of consolidation for the purpose of the "citizen empowerment tax credit" or the "local government citizens reorganization empowerment grant program." However, this form of consolidation is an option of consolidation of some services for some municipalities and should not be excluded from state benefits of consolidation.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6761--A IN SENATE March 19, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the Committee on Finance -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to the definition of consolidation for the consolidation in dissolution of local govern- ment THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 750 of the general municipal law, as added by chapter 74 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: 2. "Consolidation" shall mean
[either](a) the combination of two or more local government entities resulting in the termination of the existence of each of the entities to be consolidated and the creation of a new entity which assumes jurisdiction over all of the terminated enti- ties [, or]; (b) the combination of two or more local government entities resulting in the termination of the existence of all but one of the entities which shall absorb the terminated entity or entities; OR (C) THE ALTERATION OF THE BORDERS OF A VILLAGE TO BE COTERMINOUS WITH A TOWN WHEN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SUCH CONTERMINOUS BORDERS CAN BE DEMONSTRATED BY THE TOWN AND VILLAGE TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE THAT A CONSOLIDATION OF SERVICES SHALL OCCUR PRODUCING A NET SAVINGS TO PROPERTY TAXPAYERS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15002-02-2