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February 13, 2017
Drinking Water Systems in New York: The Challenges of Aging Infrastructure [Released 02/13/2017]
An overview of the different ways in which public water supplies are provided, regulated and funded in New York State. The report addresses specific concerns facing local governments including funding trends, capital planning practices and the emerging risk areas of contamination and security.
[read complete drinking water systems report - pdf]
January 31, 2017
2016 Local Sales Tax Collections [Released 01/30/2017]
While total local sales tax collections in New York State grew by only 0.7 percent in 2016, the modest increase was largely due to a multiyear correction that inflated New York City’s 2015 collections. After adjusting for this correction, total local growth was about $357 million over the prior year, or about 2.3 percent.
[read 2016 Local Sales Tax Collections - pdf]
January 25, 2017
Fiscal Stress Monitoring System Results for School Districts: Four-Year Review [Released 01/25/2017]
The Fiscal Stress Monitoring System (FSMS) annually assesses fiscal stress in local governments and school districts. This is the fourth annual FSMS scoring of school districts, showing results for the four school years through 2015-16. [read Four-Year Review for School Districts - pdf]
January 6, 2017
2016 Annual Report on Local Governments [Released 01/06/17]
This report highlights the very difficult fiscal environment under which local officials are expected to fulfill their obligations to the people they serve, as well as outlining the significant steps OSC is taking to assist in these efforts. [read complete 2016 Annual Report - pdf]
November 2, 2016
Special Report: Central New York Region - Economic Profile [Released 11/02/16]
This report highlights the Central New York region’s geography, demographics, municipalities, economy and labor markets, and includes a discussion about what the future may hold for the region. [read complete Central New York Economic Profile - pdf]
October 6, 2016
Research Brief: Land Banks Enter the Fight Against Blight
This report explains what land banks are, discusses how they can help local governments cope with high concentrations of vacant and abandoned properties and identifies factors that could determine their long-term success. [read complete report on Land Banks - pdf]
September 27, 2016
Fiscal Stress Monitoring System Results for Municipalities: Three-Year Review
This report examines and summarizes notable trends in the fiscal scores of all New York counties, cities, towns and villages regardless of their fiscal year end dates, for the period 2013 to 2015. [read Three-Year Review for Municipalities - pdf]
August 4, 2016
Local Sales Tax Collections Slow in First Half of 2016
In the first half of 2016, total local sales tax collections in New York State grew by 1.7 percent, compared to the first half of 2015. Sales tax revenue increased in 34 of the 57 counties outside of New York City over this time period, with the Mid-Hudson region posting the strongest growth at 2.7 percent and Central New York experiencing the sharpest decline – 1.3 percent. [read complete Sales Tax Collections - pdf]