Authorizes cooperative library systems to apply for funds under the local government efficiency grant program.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state finance law, in relation to authorizing cooperative library systems to apply for funds under the local government efficiency grant program municipal merger incentives
PURPOSE: Authorizes cooperative library systems to apply for funds under the local government efficiency grant program municipal merger incentives.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Paragraph p of subdivision 10 of Section 54 of the state finance law, as amended by Section 6 of part GG of Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2009, is amended to include cooperative library systems in the definition of municipalities making them eligible to apply for funds under the local government efficiency grant program municipal merger incentives.
JUSTIFICATION: The Local Government Efficiency Grant Program was established in New York State to help promote and fund service sharing and consolidations to ultimately save taxpayer dollars. Funding from this program is currently available to counties, cities, town, villages, special improvement districts, fire districts, school districts, BOCES, water and sewer authorities, and regional planning and developments boards. Public library systems are also eligible under this program; however, cooperative library systems are not. Cooperative library systems' sole mission is to support public library projects that consolidate services, eliminate waste, make operations more efficient and most importantly save taxpayers money. This legislation is necessary to include the eligibility of cooperative library systems in this program thereby allowing this agency to enhance their efforts on behalf of hard pressed taxpayers.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010 - S.6463
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 1461 A. 1414 2011-2012 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y January 7, 2011 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sens. LAVALLE, LARKIN, MAZIARZ, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE, ENGLEBRIGHT -- Multi-Spon- sored by -- M. of A. RAIA -- read once and referred to the Committee on Libraries and Education Technology AN ACT to amend the state finance law, in relation to authorizing coop- erative library systems to apply for funds under the local government efficiency grant program municipal merger incentives THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph p of subdivision 10 of section 54 of the state finance law, as amended by section 6 of part GG of chapter 56 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: p. Local government efficiency grant program municipal merger incen- tives. For the purposes of this paragraph, "municipalities" shall mean cities with a population less than one million, towns
[and], villages AND COOPERATIVE LIBRARY SYSTEMS. Within the annual amounts appropriated therefor, surviving municipalities following a merger, consolidation or dissolution occurring on or after the state fiscal year commencing April first, two thousand seven may be awarded additional aid in the state fiscal year following such merger, consolidation or dissolution equal to fifteen percent of the combined amount of real property taxes levied by all of the municipalities participating in the merger, consolidation or dissolution in the local fiscal year prior to the local fiscal year in which such merger, consolidation or dissolution took effect. In instances of the dissolution of a village located in more than one town, such additional aid shall equal the sum of fifteen percent of the real property taxes levied by such village in the village fiscal year prior to the village fiscal year in which such dissolution took effect plusEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03843-01-1 S. 1461 2 A. 1414
fifteen percent of the average amount of real property taxes levied by the towns in which the village was located in the town fiscal year prior to the town fiscal year in which such dissolution took effect, and shall be divided among such towns based on the percentage of such village's population that resided in each such town as of the most recent federal decennial census. Such additional aid shall be apportioned and paid to the chief fiscal officer of each consolidated or merged municipality on audit and warrant of the state comptroller out of moneys appropriated by the legislature for such purpose to the credit of the local assistance fund in the general fund of the state treasury in the same "on or before month and day" manner as the municipality's base level grant is paid pursuant to subparagraph (i) of paragraph i of this subdivision. Any municipality receiving a merger incentive award pursuant to this para- graph shall use such aid only for general municipal purposes. In no case shall the additional aid pursuant to this paragraph exceed one million dollars. Such additional aid shall in subsequent state fiscal years be considered prior year aid for the purposes of determining such merged, consolidated or surviving municipality's base level grant pursuant to paragraph b of this subdivision. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.