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January 2, 2013

Funding available to local governments

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EVIDENCE-BASED

Under the grant program, local governments may apply for:

▶ Assistance to develop plans for implementation and/or to implement projects such as: consolidation or dissolution, functional consolidation, city or county charter revision that includes functional consolidation, shared or cooperative services, and regionalized delivery of services.

▶ Implementation of internal reorganizations or service delivery modifications for local governments that have had an operating deficit in each of the last three years or that have been unable to limit growth in the property-tax levy to less than 2 percent in each of the last three years.

“The LGE grant program provides local governments such as ours the opportunity to conduct an evidenced-based review of operations and, with that information, allows local governments to make decisions on how best to deliver services at the most cost-effective method to the taxpayers and citizens,” said John T. McDonald III, mayor of the City of Cohoes.

“Our recent efforts as it relates to 911 dispatching here in the City of Cohoes resulted in a transfer of that function to Albany County, resulting in a savings of over $300,000 a year to the taxpayers of Cohoes, no layoffs of existing personnel and no diminishment of service to our residents.”

MARCH 13 DEADLINE

Municipalities can receive a maximum of $200,000 per project in this round of funding. Applications must demonstrate financial savings to the local government and its taxpayers, a positive return on public investment, and progressive and measurable management improvements resulting from project implementation. The submission deadline for the Local Government Efficiency Grant is 4 p.m. March 13.

Applications are available on the DOS website at https://www.dos.ny.gov/funding. Prospective applicants can also obtain applications by calling 473-3355 or (800) 367-8488.

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