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Vermont Act 46 provides incentives, including property tax rate reductions, for school districts to consolidate. This week, the first three plans came before the Vermont State Board of Education. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports on what could be in store for Rutland and the rest of the state.

Following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, in which he called for consolidation and efficiency in local governments, the mayor of Glens Falls announced he believes the Warren County city can find savings.

During his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo spoke at length about a mission to freeze and lower property taxes, and touted efficiency and consolidation of local governments as one way communities could save money.

Pat Arnow

Governor Cuomo recently announced that he would close several more state prisons, using provisions of a law that allows him to bypass the legislature.  It’s part of a pattern of government consolidation that the governor has been quietly pursuing since he took office.

Report Says Two as One Would Save Money

Jan 13, 2013

There is a report out that offers details about whether the consolidation of the governments of a Hudson Valley town and village would save money.  In Ulster County, Town of New Paltz Supervisor Susan Zimet says the Consolidation Finance committee has delivered its long-awaited report and recommendations on the consolidation of the Town and Village governments of New Paltz.  Holding the $1 million dollar Citizen Empowerment grant as an add on, the committee has found that if the two governments were one,  based on 2011 actual expenditures, taxpayers would have realized a savings of  $1.625