Local governments across New York are calling for more state funding, highlighting years of stagnant financial support. The state’s Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) program, which assists cities, towns, and villages, has remained at about $715 million since 2012, a significant drop from its $1.1 billion peak in 2010.
State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt emphasized the financial strain on local governments, noting the lack of funding increases over the past 12 years. Despite tight budgets, he criticized the state’s prioritization of other areas over local government support.
Meanwhile, reps for the state’s Association of Towns, expressed concerns about coping with inflation and the state’s tax cap. They pointed out the challenges in meeting rising costs for health insurance and other expenses without additional state aid.
Highlighting the disparities in state funding, Ortt mentioned the proposed $2.4 billion allocation to New York City, including $500 million from state reserves for its migrant crisis. This comparison underscores the pressing need for a fair distribution of state resources to support smaller municipalities facing fiscal challenges.
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