New York Department of State Announces Grant Awards to Assist
the Town and Village of Salem with Village Dissolution
The New York Department of State today announced Local Government Citizens Reorganization Empowerment Grants (CREG), totaling $100,000 to the Village of Salem and the Town of Salem for the purposes of dissolving the Village. Residents of the Village of Salem, in Washington County, approved a referendum on village dissolution on August 5, 2014. The Village Board prepared and adopted the Final Dissolution Plan on April 16, 2015 with a Village dissolution date of March 31, 2016 and the Village will dissolve on March 31, 2016.
The CREG program, a component of the Local Government Efficiency Program managed by the New York Department of State’s Division of Local Government Services, provides local governments with technical support and funding related to municipal reorganization analysis, planning and implementation.
“These awards are another step towards transforming the Town and Village’s government structure to work more efficiently and lessen the burden on taxpayers,” said New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales. “With the Village electorate approving the dissolution referendum and the Village Board adopting the dissolution plan, this is a prime example of a cooperative effort to streamline services, which the Department is proud to be part of.”
The Village of Salem, in the Capital Region, will receive $50,000 to help with the dissolution of the Village. The process will include the transfer of real property and other Village assets, accounts and records to the Town, completion of an independent audit of the Village financial records, and appraisal of Village-owned real property for disposition prior to dissolution.
The Town of Salem will receive $50,000 to complete Town actions to accommodate dissolution of the Village. This includes updating the Town Zoning Laws and the creation of new Town Water and Lighting Districts.
“The Village of Salem is grateful to have been awarded a $50,000 grant by the New York Department of State to fund implementation of the necessary steps of dissolution,” said Village of Salem Mayor Sonia Trulli. “The Board of Trustees of the Village of Salem would like to thank the Department of State for providing guidance and assistance throughout this process.”
“The citizens of Salem realize and are willing to make our government smaller to be more efficient, which will reduce taxes and allow our community to grow and prosper,” said Town of Salem Supervisor Seth Pitts. “We are taking a leap of faith to utilize this grant awarded to our community and demonstrate to the other smaller Towns and Villages that this can work throughout New York State.”
Communities considering reorganization should contact the New York Department of State, Division of Local Government Services, at 518-473-3355 or visit the website at http://www.dos.ny.gov/lg/ to determine eligibility for CREG funding. Deadlines for applications are 4:00PM on the first Wednesday of each month. Local governments can now submit CREG applications and receive award notification online via the new Gateway Grant Opportunity Portal at www.grantsgateway.ny.gov.
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