Greene residents, board hear consolidation presentation

GREENE – A guest presented an informal informational presentation to the Village of Greene Board of Trustees and community members last evening, to shed some light on the plausibility and potential fiscal benefits of municipality consolidation.

With the focal point of the demonstration aimed at introducing both village officials and members of the community to the intricacies and brief overview of the consolidation process, the idea was pitched with little skepticism and several key points were addressed.

“New York State provides tremendous motivation for these grants in the form of citizens empowerment tax credits,” said Robin Webb. “This provides additional annual aid to re-organize a local government entity – or coterminous. That means that a village or town would consolidate and operate either as a village or a town under the consolidation.”

According to Webb, the financial incentive to municipalities is great; once consolidated tax levies are established, New York State will award the new jurisdiction 15 percent of the combined tax levy in perpetuity, meaning the newly reorganized village or town would receive 15 percent extra funding from the state every year.

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