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September 10, 2009

 

DiNapoli Releases Infrastructure Planning Advice

for Local Governments

Designed to Help Give Taxpayers Biggest Bang for Their Buck
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In the wake of State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s report revealing that New York will have $80 billion in unmet infrastructure needs over the next 20 years, today DiNapoli issued a guide that will help local government officials develop long-term planning strategies for infrastructure repair and replacement. DiNapoli’s office also released an on-line training tutorial on capital planning.

“Local governments need tools to help them manage through these tough times,” DiNapoli said. “Every local government should have a complete inventory of what they own and make sure key assets are repaired or replaced before an expensive emergency occurs. They also need long-term strategies to prioritize capital spending and avoid an undue burden on taxpayers. My office’s planning guide and training programs are two more taxpayer protection tools for local governments.”

New York’s local governments are responsible for maintaining and improving a substantial portion of the state’s public infrastructure. Creating an effective multi-year capital planning process can help local governments meet this significant financial responsibility without overburdening taxpayers or disrupting vital services.

Click here to view a copy of the guide.

Click here to view DiNapoli’s online tutorial.

Audio is available here.


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