Governor Cuomo offers $20 million to incentivize municipal consolidation

NEW YORK – As part of a $70 million effort to encourage local government efficiency and taxpayer savings, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition for local governments to form consortiums and compete for a $20 million award.

The program solicits teams of two or more local governments to submit plans demonstrating how government consolidations and innovative restructuring initiative will serve to reduce property taxes.

Governor Cuomo said, “Property taxes remain the most burdensome tax in New York and with this competition, we are incentivizing local governments to band together to think outside the box, streamline their bureaucracies, cut costs, and deliver real relief to their taxpayers.”

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