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City of Cortland Calls For Increased State Aid for Incentives for Municipalities Funding

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During the City of Cortland Common Council meeting last night at City Hall, the Common Council voted unanimously to urge Governor Kathy Hochul to increase state aid for Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) Funding in the 2024-2025 state budget. Cortland Mayor Scott Steve and Councilpersons Beckwith and Carpenter were absent from the meeting.

Proposed funding in the Governor’s 2024-25 Executive Budget looks to keep funding relatively flat. The City of Cortland said in a resolution the AIM program plays a critical role in funding essential municipal services for cities and villages within the state.

AIM funding has not been increased in 15 years from date by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The City of Cortland says in that time, inflation has jumped nearly 45%. Continuing on, the city went on to note the neglect from the state on having AIM funding remaining flat has led to rising municipal tax burdens and “harmful” disinvestment in essential services.

The City of Cortland Common Council will now send the resolution approved to the Governor, State Senate Majority Leader, Assembly Speaker, and local state representatives including Senator Webb and Assembly Member Kelles.

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