Two local towns have received a combined $126,709 from the state after consolidating services by dissolving a village within their boundaries, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said in a news release.
Of that total, $78,960 went to the Town of Bridgewater for the dissolution of the Village of Bridgewater and $47,749 went to the Town of Trenton for the dissolution of the Village of Prospect.
The funds were provided through the Citizen Empowerment Tax Credit. As part of that credit, at least 70 percent of the aid must be returned to the residents of the towns in the form of direct property tax relief, the release states.
"I commend these local governments for working together with their communities to increase efficiency and decrease layers of bureaucracy in order to lower costs and tackle property taxes, which are still the most onerous tax in New York," Cuomo said in the release. "We will continue to work with any locality that seeks to explore ways to modernize and streamline their operations in order to deliver tax relief for their residents."