Extends the authorization of the village of Patchogue to use sewer surplus for infrastructure projects.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 121 of the laws of 2012, relating to authorizing the use of sewer surplus for infrastructure projects other than sewer projects in the village of Patchogue, in relation to the effectiveness thereof
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This legislation would allow the village of Patchogue to continue to use surplus funds received from sewer rents for other infrastructure projects until December 31, 2015.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section One extends current law until December 31, 2015.
Section Two is the effective date
While water utilities are able to use their surplus funds for any municipal purpose, sewer utilities are limited to using excess revenues for only sewer-related purposes. Generally, revenues derived from sewer rents, including penalties and interest, are credited to a special fund and the use of these funds are not permitted for use beyond costs incurred that relate to the sewer system.
However, in the village of Patchogue, the sewage plant and district plays a large role in this community's revitalization and economic growth. This growth has resulted in an influx of monies to the sewer fund but also in increased stress and pressure on the community's infrastructure. Allowing the village to use a limited amount of these funds to address infrastructure issues until December 31, 2015, would be a realistic and appropriate way to solve the problems created by this economic growth.
This legislation would allow the village of Patchogue to continue to use money, until December 31, 2015, from the sewer rent fund to pay expenses or obligations incurred for infrastructure improvements, after paying off all sewer-related expenses. The village would also be able to allocate up to 40% of this surplus to a special fund to be used specifically for infrastructure improvements. This ensures that the sewer needs are taken care of first, while allowing the village to use some of the excess funds derived from this source to solve the problems that come as a result of large and expanding sewage facilities.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
None to the state.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7372 IN SENATE May 14, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend chapter 121 of the laws of 2012, relating to authorizing the use of sewer surplus for infrastructure projects other than sewer projects in the village of Patchogue, in relation to the effectiveness thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2 of chapter 121 of the laws of 2012, relating to authorizing the use of sewer surplus for infrastructure projects other than sewer projects in the village of Patchogue, as amended by chapter 301 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows: S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law and shall expire and be deemed repealed
[two years after such date]DECEMBER 31, 2015. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15086-01-4