In Line For $20 Million: County Gets Funding For Municipal Efficiency Plans

A plan put forth by Chautauqua County and 23 co-applicants is receiving $50,000 to bring dissolutions and consolidations, including police, to fruition.

The plan also details water and wastewater projects and a proposal to start a health consortium.

As announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo today, the county was one of six municipalities to be awarded funding as part of the first phase of the Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition. The county’s plan is moving on to the second phase and is in line to compete for $20 million in funding.

“This is great news for Chautauqua County,” said County Executive Vince Horrigan. “It bodes well because we are on a course to continue to look at opportunities for efficiency and regional solutions that are gaining grassroots support.”

The winning partnership of local governments will be announced this summer.

“The most burdensome tax in New York remains the property tax and this competition is designed to help local governments work together to cut costs, share services and streamline inefficiencies in order to reduce burdens on property taxpayers,” said Cuomo said. “With this next phase of the competition, we will continue to work together to find opportunities to deliver cost-effective services and help lower property taxes.”