Towns Reap Benefits From Dissolving Villages

Towns Reap Benefits From Dissolving Villages

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Two north country townships are reaping benefits from the state for dissolving villages within their borders.

The towns of Edwards and Hermon are sharing nearly $10 million with 17 other local governments across the state that have consolidated.

The town of Edwards received just over $90,000 through the Citizen Empowerment Tax Credit. The town has received over $450,000 since dissolving the village of Edwards in 2012.

The town of Hermon received about $85,000 for dissolving the village of Hermon in 2016.

The largest single amount statewide is the nearly $540,000 going to the Finger Lakes town of Seneca Falls for dissolving the village of the same name in 2012.

The Cuomo administration has been pushing consolidation efforts as a way to eliminate layers of bureaucracy, cut costs and lower property taxes. 

The Citizen Empowerment Tax Credit was created in 2011. At least 70 percent of the aid must be returned to residents to help offset property taxes.

Municipalities that move forward with consolidations or dissolutions are eligible for the aid.

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