Villages in Yates concerned about losing AIM funding

Penn Yan Village Clerk/Treasurer Gary Meeks says if the current AIM (Aid and Incentives for Municipalities) funding of $40,621 disappears, the village’s tax levy would increase by 1.3 percent. “That’s a sizable increase when we are striving to be under the tax cap of 2 percent increase,” he comments.

Dundee Clerk Christine Sutherland says losing the $11,733 it received for the current year will result in a tax increase of 2.01 percent.

Sutherland says the governor’s budget also eliminates aid for extreme winer recovery for roads. Dundee’s share of those funds currently stands at $5,365.50, and losing that funding would result in the 0.92 percent increase in taxes.

Dresden would lose $3,145, Rushville would lose $4,265, Hammondsport would lose $9,760, and Bath would lose $103,906, according to figures provided by NYCOM (New York Conference of Mayors). The village of Naples stands to lose out on $8,338, which is about 0.71 percent of its budget.

According to a list found at the NYCOM website, the reductions will take the AIM allocations from over $19.7 million to $3.3 million for over 480 villages in the state. Forty-one villages stand to recieve the same amount of aid as they received in 2019.

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