Weekly Wire Week Ending March 11, 2016
State Budget news, Webinars, Resources for County Officials
Counties & NY's Natural Resources
Counties are involved in preserving and promoting our natural resources, from agriculture to clean energy, from parks to waterways, from recycling to recreation.
The next issue of the NYSAC News magazine will focus on the many ways counties work with New York's varied natural resources. We're now accepting articles about innovative county programs, services, and solutions related to New York's land and water. Articles should be 750-1,000 words and can be sent to Nicole Correia (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 15. View recent issues of NYSAC News magazine.
County Leaders Urged to Contact State Representatives
The 2016-17 State Budget presents a unique opportunity for the State Legislature to build upon recent mandate relief efforts in support of counties and local taxpayers. Counties project our tax cap will be nearly zero in 2017 (.3%), and maintaining the tax cap under these circumstances will be difficult.
Counties have worked hard to hold down local taxes and recently submitted more than $2 billion in government efficiency and shared service plans to the Executive as required under the property tax freeze initiative. County governments are significantly leaner today than just before the Great Recession, with the total county workforce down by more than 10 percent. (Some counties are down more than 30 percent.) Many counties have privatized functions, consolidated internal operations, and last year more than 40 percent of counties held their tax rate flat or cut it. With your help we can continue these efforts in support of local taxpayers.
County leaders are encouraging state lawmakers to fight for:
NYSAC's 2016-17 State Budget Fact Sheets (click issue title to view each fact sheet):· 9-1-1 Surcharge
· Bank Settlements
· Bond Allocation
· Community Colleges
· District Attorney Salaries
· Early Intervention funding
· End Cost Shifts
· Government Consolidation
· Indigent Defense
· Organ Donation
· Public Safety
All of NYSAC's 2016 budget advocacy materials can be found at www.nysac.org/nysbudget/
|Training & Funding Opportunities
Solar Opportunities: NYSAC Webinar
NYSAC will present a webinar outlining solar energy opportunities for counties on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 2:00-3:00 PM. Details are below.
New and Continuing Solar Opportunities for Counties
The State of New York's goal to add more than 3 gigawatts of installed solar capacity by 2023 is being leveraged by several counties to save not only fossil fuels, but taxpayer dollars as well. For the past several years, New York State and the federal government have been offering incentives to help governments, schools, businesses, and homeowners defray the upfront cost of installing solar panels, helping them lock in long term ongoing savings in monthly electric bills.
Presenters from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will discuss the NY-Sun Incentive and other programs designed to help New Yorkers reduce the cost of electricity and make New York State a national leader in developing a robust, sustainable solar industry.
Click here to register.
NYS Assoc. of County Coroners and Medical Examiners Conference
NYSACCME will hold their Spring 2016 Conference from Friday, March 18 - Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen. The agenda and registration information can be found at www.nysaccme.org. The conference topic is Fire Related Deaths. With legislation already introduced [again] in the form of Senate Bill 6251 regarding minimum training for newly elected or appointed Coroners, an 8 hour Coroner 101 training class will be held on Friday, March 18.
NYMIR Playground Equipment and Inspection Training
The New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal will be holding a playground equipment training program on Monday, March 21, 2016 from 8:30 am to noon in the Town of Clarence auditorium.
The training will focus on reviewing playground inspection and documentation designed to avoid or reduce litigation against your municipality. They will cover legal matters related to recreation programs, use of facilities, athletic participation waivers and other related topics. Issues surrounding background checks will also be discussed along with case law and other legal principles associated with municipal parks and playgrounds.
Please RSVP by March 17 to: Erin Barilla -518-437-1171 ext. 318 or via email email@example.com.
US Communities to Host Cooperative Purchasing Summits
Strategic sourcing summits are free, half-day educational seminars for public officials to learn about the program, meet the U.S. Communities program managers, and hear from several suppliers about products and solutions and the best overall government pricing that may be of interest to your counties.
Friday, March 18, 10:00am - 1:30pm (Complimentary Lunch Included)
Nassau BOCES (Garden City, NY)
Address and Registration Link can be found here.
Wednesday, April 20, 10:00am - 2:00pm (Complimentary Lunch Included)
New York State School Boards Association Rita M. Lashway Conference Center (Latham, NY)
Address and Registration Link can be found here.