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Local Government Assistance

Mission

Local Government Assistance programs provide general purpose aid to municipalities, as well as targeted grant programs and incentives for local government efficiency and consolidation actions. State General Fund-supported programs include the Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) program, Citizen Empowerment Tax Credits, the Citizens Re-Organization Empowerment Grant program, the Local Government Efficiency Grant program, the Local Government Performance and Efficiency Program, and the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative.

Budget Highlights

The Executive Budget recommends $1.0 billion in All Funds appropriations to fund miscellaneous State aid and assistance programs, including $1.0 billion in General Fund support to local governments under several aid programs. Included with the All Funds appropriations, the Budget recommends $2.5 million in General Fund state operating support for the Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments and $30 million in Fiduciary Funds to cover contingency appropriation requirements. Overall, this represents an increase of $218 million from FY 2018 All Funds appropriation levels, primarily due to the new $225 million appropriation for the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative.

AIM funding to cities, towns, and villages is recommended to be maintained at $715 million. In addition, $39 million in appropriations for Citizen Empowerment Tax Credits, Citizens Re-Organization Empowerment Grants, and the Local Government Efficiency Grant program are recommended to be maintained.

Program Highlights

Aid and Incentives for Municipalities

Unrestricted State aid to cities, towns, and villages.

Citizens Reorganization Empowerment Grants

Funding for local governments to cover costs associated with planning and implementing local government reorganization activities, such as consolidations and dissolutions.

Citizen Empowerment Tax Credits

Annual tax credits for cities, towns, or villages that consolidate or dissolve are equal to 15 percent of the newly combined local government’s tax levy. At least 70 percent of such amount must be used for direct relief to property taxpayers.

Local Government Efficiency Grants

Competitive funding to help cover costs associated with local government efficiency projects, such as planning for and/or implementing a functional consolidation, shared or cooperative services, and regionalized delivery of services.

Local Government Performance and Efficiency Program

Grants and/or loans awarded by the Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments to assist with implementing Board recommendations.

County-Wide Shared Services Initiative Program

Funding for the State's match of the first year of savings from shared services actions included in a finalized county-wide shared services plan submitted to the Director of the Budget.

ALL FUNDS
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Category Available
FY 2018
Appropriations
Recommended
FY 2019
Change From
FY 2018
Reappropriations
Recommended
FY 2019
State Operations 2,500,000 2,500,000 0 0
Aid To Localities 822,372,963 1,040,352,613 217,979,650 109,854,000
Total 824,872,963 1,042,852,613 217,979,650 109,854,000

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
General Fund 2,500,000 2,500,000 0
Total 2,500,000 2,500,000 0

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
Financial Restructuring Board
General Fund 2,500,000 2,500,000 0
Total 2,500,000 2,500,000 0

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Contractual Services
Amount Change Amount Change
Financial Restructuring Board 2,500,000 0 2,500,000 0
Total 2,500,000 0 2,500,000 0

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
General Fund 792,372,963 1,010,352,613 217,979,650
Fiduciary Funds 30,000,000 30,000,000 0
Total 822,372,963 1,040,352,613 217,979,650

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
Aid and Incentives for Municipalities
General Fund 754,000,000 754,000,000 0
County-wide Shared Services Initiative
General Fund 0 225,000,000 225,000,000
Miscellaneous Financial Assistance
General Fund 7,470,350 2,250,000 (5,220,350)
Municipal Assistance State Aid Fund
Fiduciary Funds 15,000,000 15,000,000 0
Municipal Assistance Tax Fund
Fiduciary Funds 15,000,000 15,000,000 0
Aid to Municipalities with VLT Facilities
General Fund 28,885,313 28,885,313 0
Small Government Assistance
General Fund 217,300 217,300 0
Village Per Capita Aid
General Fund 1,800,000 0 (1,800,000)
Total 822,372,963 1,040,352,613 217,979,650

Note: Most recent estimates as of 01/16/2018

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