The State Legislature has agreed on a municipal aid package that will increase state aid to the Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore by nearly 20 percent, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger reported today.
“I’m pleased to announce that the Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore are each slated to receive a significant state aid increase once the new state budget is enacted in Albany,” said Assemblyman Schimminger. “This aid hike closely parallels the proposal put forth by the Assembly back in January, shortly after the Governor proposed an increase of just 3.5 percent for towns and villages in his 2006-07 executive budget.”
Schimminger noted that both the town and village will be receiving unrestricted aid increases of 19.96 percent. “Localities across Upstate New York are struggling with increasing costs and a lagging economy. Any relief we can provide to our local governments – and ultimately local taxpayers – is good news, and the level of this state aid increase is terrific news, particularly in light of the Governor’s negligible proposal.”
The Town of Tonawanda is scheduled to receive $576,474, an increase of $95,937 over this year’s level and $80,320 more than the $15,617 increase proposed by the Governor. The Village of Kenmore’s aid hike of $101,249, which is $84,767 higher than the Governor’s proposed $16,482 increase, will bring Kenmore’s state aid for 2006-07 to $608,391. This unrestricted aid can be used however local officials determine, and is in addition to the various sources of categorical aid sent to localities from Albany for distinct purposes, such as the CHIPs program that assists local governments with street and bridge repairs, and agency and legislative grants for specific local projects.
According to Schimminger, the bipartisan aid package agreed to by the Assembly and State Senate will be included in the final legislative budget that is expected to be passed in Albany this week.