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September 25, 2018

Fiscal Stress Monitoring System Results for Municipalities: Common Themes for Fiscal Year 2017 [Released 9/25/2018]

The Fiscal Stress Monitoring System (FSMS) annually assesses fiscal stress in local governments and school districts. This report summarizes the fisal and environmental results of all 1,589 New York counties, cities, towns and villages for their fiscal years ending in 2017. [read the complete Common Themes for Fiscal Year 2017 report - pdf]

August 1, 2018

First Half of 2018: Highest Growth in Local Sales Tax Collections in Almost Eight Years [Released 8/1/2018]

Local sales tax collections in New York State for the first half of 2018 were $8.5 billion, a 6.0 percent increase over the same period last year. This was the highest half-year increase since 2010, growing in every region of the State compared to the first half of 2017. Factors that may have influenced this include the lowest unemployment rate in over a decade, steady wage growth in the first half of 2018 and high consumer confidence. [read the complete Local Sales Tax Collections report - pdf]

July 24, 2018

Professional Service Procurement: Considerations for Local Officials [Released 7/24/2018]

A number of laws govern the procurement of goods and services. Seeking competition guards against favoritism, extravagance, fraud and corruption. However, there is a well-established exception to these competitive bidding requirements for professional services, such as those rendered by attorneys, engineers or accountants, where cost is only one element that a responsible local official would want to consider. This report discusses some categories of professional services, the costs associated with these services and recent audit findings by OSC about local procurement policies and their implementation. The report also highlights best practices that local governments and school districts can follow that may reduce costs. [read the complete Professional Service Procurement report - pdf]

July 13, 2018

Special Report: Mohawk Valley Region Economic Profile [Released 7/13/2018]

The Mohawk Valley Region’s dominant economic center is the Utica-Rome metropolitan area. Unemployment and child poverty rates are higher in the Region than for the State as a whole, while household income is below the State median. While the Region has lost industries and employers over the past couple of decades, there has recently been a modest increase in new manufacturing jobs. Also, the City of Utica has harnessed its surplus of affordable housing by reaching out to refugees to come and establish families and businesses in the area. [read the complete Mohawk Valley Region report - pdf]

June 14, 2018

Dam Infrastructure: Understanding and Managing the Risks [Released 6/14/2018]

New York State has over 5,000 functioning dams, 861 of which are owned or co-owned by local governments. Local officials need to manage this infrastructure effectively, not only to preserve important capital assets, but also because it is a necessary investment in public safety. This report focuses on those dams that would pose the greatest risks in case of failure and therefore warrant the most careful monitoring and management. The report also discusses steps local officials and residents can take to manage those risks. [read the complete Dam Infrastructure report - pdf] | Interactive Map

June 1, 2018

Annual Performance Report on New York State's Industrial Development Agencies - Fiscal Year Ending 2016 [Released 6/01/2018]

In 2016, the State’s 109 active Industrial Development Agencies reported projects valued at $95.6 billion, with nearly $715 million in net annual tax exemptions and $10.0 billion in total debt outstanding, including conduit and other debt. They supported 4,451 projects that had created 208,707 jobs from their inception through 2016. [read the complete Annual Performance report - pdf] | Interactive Map

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]