New York State voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2013 which authorized seven commercial casinos. The first four of those opened between 2016 and 2018 in upstate communities and the Request for Applications for the remaining three licenses for downstate communities began in January 2023. This report analyzes the impact the revenue from the four upstate commercial casinos has had on the affected local governments.
Local Government Publications
Search Audits for reports on municipalities and school districts dating back to 2014.
August 2023 –
August 2023 –
Local government sales tax collections in New York State totaled $5.7 billion in the second calendar quarter of 2023, up 3 percent (or $167 million) compared to the same period last year. Second quarter growth was less strong than the 7.1 percent seen in the first quarter. In fact, overall growth has continued to slow since April-June 2021. New York City’s second quarter increase of 3.7 percent marked the first time that its collections did not reach double-digit growth after eight consecutive quarters, while the counties and cities throughout the rest of the State, in aggregate, experienced 2.3 percent growth. | Regional Table [.xlsx]
July 2023 –
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide accounting and financial reporting guidance for subscription-based information technology arrangements (SBITAs) and illustrate how local governments and school districts will need to account for and report these SBITAs in the Annual Financial Report (AFR) and the ST-3. | Reasonably Certain Template [.xlsx]
June 2023 –
New York’s recreational adult-use cannabis market represents a new legalized industry and, as such, its development presents new and unique issues for local governments, particularly for the cities, towns and villages that will have marijuana retail dispensaries and consumption sites located within their jurisdictions. The purpose of this report is to briefly provide a background on the 2021 cannabis law, including its major components and actors, and to touch upon its financial and operational implications for local governments.
June 2023 –
This bulletin provides accounting guidance related to direct payments of opioid settlement funds from the New York State Attorney General's Office to county and city governments. Note that this bulletin does not apply to money received by local governments and school districts from the State Opioid Fund, which will be covered in separate accounting guidance on that topic.
June 2023 –
This guide will address a number of practices that local officials can use to receive the most value from their government’s investment in capital assets.
May 2023 –
Local government sales tax collections in New York State totaled $5.5 billion in the first calendar quarter of 2023, up 7.1 percent (or $369 million) compared to the same period last year. Despite strong first quarter collections, sales tax growth continues to moderate, returning to more typical collections patterns seen prior to the pandemic. New York City experienced sales tax growth of 11.3 percent in the first quarter, while most counties and preempting cities throughout the rest of the State saw some growth as well. | Regional Table [.xlsx]
April 2023 –
A sample of 95 local governments across New York State reported $1.34 billion in actual and anticipated spending on capital projects over a 10-year period, with about $737 million (55% of the total) in response to climate-related hazards such as increased flooding and storm damage. A review of New York City’s capital commitments for fiscal year 2023 showed that it included $829 million for adaptation and resilience projects, and another $1.3 billion for projects with adaptation and resilience components, with planned commitments averaging more than $1.8 billion per year.
April 2023 –
This report summarizes data for fiscal year 2021, the most recent data reported by IDAs through the Public Authorities Reporting Information System. The report also contains a brief discussion of local development corporations, a related type of local authority. For IDA-level summary data, see our Interactive Map. For more detailed IDA and project-level data, see IDA 2021 | LDC 2021.
April 2023 –
This bulletin provides guidance related to the accounting for moneys received by a county, city, town, or village from the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA). These revenues are derived from a 4 percent local excise tax on the sale of adult–use cannabis products by a retail dispensary to a cannabis consumer.
February 2023 –
Local sales tax collections in New York State totaled $22.1 billion in 2022, up 12.7% ($2.5 billion) from 2021, mainly driven by inflation and strong sales statewide, especially in New York City. Overall sales tax growth, even though moderating somewhat recently, has remained high since the initial “bounce back” in the spring of 2021. New York City experienced sales tax growth of 20.6 percent in 2022, while every county and preempting city throughout the rest of the State saw some growth as well. | Regional Table [.xlsx]
January 2023 –
The Comptroller's Division of Local Government and School Accountability provides essential support to these officials to keep operations and services running smoothly for New Yorkers. If you’re a new local government official, complete the five tasks in this guide to get started in your new role.
January 2023 –
This snapshot highlights the FSMS results for school districts that reported for school fiscal year (SY) 2021-22, which ended on June 30, 2022. Fewer school districts were scored in fiscal stress in this year than any other year since the System’s inception largely due to increases in State aid and temporary federal aid.
January 2023 –
This report provides a summary analysis of the financial state of the local governments outside of New York City for local fiscal years ending in 2021. Year two of the COVID-19 pandemic continued to present local officials with financial and operational challenges. In this report, we summarize these by class of local government. | NYS Local Government Interactive Data
December 2022 –
This bulletin provides accounting and financial reporting guidance related to those contracts that meet the definition of a lease, and illustrates how local governments and school districts will need to account and report these leases in their annual update document (AUD) and the ST-3.
Updated December 2022 (Originally Issued August 2022)
October 2022 –
Local government sales tax collections totaled nearly $5.7 billion and grew by 10.2%, or $529 million, in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the same period last year, mostly driven by double digit growth in New York City. However, local governments are contending with higher costs from inflation, which was 8.3% nationally. Adjusting for inflation, year-over-year growth in the value of sales tax revenue for the third quarter was 1.8%. | Regional Table [.xlsx]
September 2022 –
This snapshot highlights the results for counties, cities, towns and villages that reported for local fiscal years ending (FYE) 2021. Overall, the influx of federal pandemic relief aid and rapid recovery of sales tax revenues were significant factors in lowering many municipalities’ fiscal stress scores in FYE 2021, especially for calendar year local governments.
July 2022 –
Local government sales tax collections in New York State totaled over $5.5 billion in the second quarter of 2022, an increase of 12.2 percent, or nearly $604 million, compared to the same quarter last year. April and May collections grew by 15.7 percent and 16.7 percent, respectively, while June increased 6.5 percent, marking the first time since March 2021 the monthly year-over-year growth dipped below double-digits. New York City’s second quarter collections increased by 24.9%, up from relatively weak collections in April-June 2021, while growth for the counties and cities in the rest of the State slowed to 2.6% over the same period last year. Only a handful of counties saw more than 5 percent year-over-year growth in the second quarter and 31 counties experienced declines. | Regional Table [.xlsx]
June 2022 –
This report summarizes data for fiscal year 2020, the most recent data reported by IDAs through the Public Authorities Reporting Information System. The report also contains a brief discussion of local development corporations, a related type of local authority. | Interactive Map
April 2022 –
Local government sales tax collections totaled nearly $5.2 billion in the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 21.1 percent, or $901 million, compared to the same quarter the previous year. This growth was at least partially driven by inflation, which hit a 40-year-high in March, most notably for gasoline, new and used cars, and household energy costs. Almost every county outside of New York City experienced double-digit growth in the first quarter. New York City’s collections grew by 28.5 percent and exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the second straight quarter after remaining below pre-pandemic levels for most of 2020 and 2021. The report notes that the recently enacted state budget eliminates county sales tax withholdings outside of New York City, and also provides for a partial suspension of certain state taxes on gasoline from June to December 2022. | Regional Table [.xlsx]