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Seward Introduces SUNY Impact Aid Bill, Funding Would Help Cortland

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The proposal to provide additional state aid to communities like Cortland that host four-year SUNY colleges has now been introduced in the State Senate.

The resolution if approved would provide additional state funds to offset the cost of public safety services to the tax-exempt colleges.

Cortland is asking for over a half million dollars. The money would used to decrease property taxes and to fund services that have been shortchanged to make up for the increased fire and police protection.

State Senator Jim Seward has brought the bill to the floor of the Senate. It will cost the state $12 million dollars, 21 municipalities hosting 4-year SUNY institutions would be eligible if the aid is approved.

State Assemblywoman Barbra Lifton introduced the bill in the Assembly late last month.

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