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May 10, 2018

A Partially Treated Problem: Overflows From Combined Sewers [Released 5/10/2018]

Most large urban areas in New York State are served by municipal sewer systems, many of which commingle stormwater with the wastewater from homes and businesses in combined sewer systems. The flows from combined sewers can overwhelm treatment systems and have a harmful impact on the environment. This report, as part of the Office of the State Comptroller’s infrastructure series, describes the current scale of the problem in the State and some of the steps being taken to remediate it. [read the complete Combined Sewers report - pdf]

February 12, 2018

Property Tax Exemptions [Released 2/12/2018]

Property tax exemptions can be a valuable tool to improve the affordability of housing for certain populations, fuel economic growth or encourage the adoption of energy-smart technologies. This report examines the amount and variety of property tax exemptions in New York State outside of New York City. It also looks at the specific points in the process where local governments can exercise some discretion, including the types of exemptions offered, how to ensure that exemptions are properly awarded and the use of alternative methods for raising revenue. [read the complete Property Tax Exemptions report - pdf]

January 29, 2018

Local Sales Tax Growth in 2017 Highest in Four Years [Released 1/29/2018]

Local sales tax collections for calendar year 2017 totaled $16.6 billion, an increase of $620 million, or 3.9 percent, from the previous year. This marks the highest year-over-year growth since 2013. [read the complete Local Sales Tax Growth report - pdf]

January 25, 2018

Fiscal Stress in School Districts - Common Themes for School Year 2016-17 [Released 1/25/2018]

The Office of the New York State Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System (FSMS) measures fiscal stress in school districts each year. This report summarizes results of school district scores for the 2016-17 school fiscal year, the fifth annual release of FSMS scores. [read the complete Common Themes Report - pdf]

January 19, 2018

2017 Annual Report On Local Governments [Released 1/19/2018]

Local government finances in New York State are complex and ever changing. This report begins with a summary of local government finances for the local fiscal year ending (FYE) in 2016 for counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts and fire districts in New York State and examines how revenues, expenditures and indebtedness have changed over time. [read the complete 2017 Annual Report - pdf]