A new report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows how much municipalities and school districts rely on federal aid. The report covers statistics from 2015 and shows that local governments and school districts outside New York City received $4.7 billion in direct federal support. New York City received $7 billion.
“Local governments receive much-needed federal aid that supports our schools, fixes our roads and keeps our communities safe,” DiNapoli said. “But potential policy changes in Washington could have a considerable impact on local government operations. In today’s political climate, it’s important for New Yorkers to get a sense of how much funding is at stake and what programs might be at risk.”
In 2015, federal aid as a share of total revenue was the highest for counties (11.2%), followed by New York City (10.1 %), New York City schools (6.5%), other cities in the state (5.7%), other school districts (4.1%), villages (2.9%) and towns (2.7%).
The aid generally served a wide range of purposes, including social services, education, transportation, public safety, economic development, health, community services, culture and recreation, utilities and sanitation.
DiNapoli further details the impact of federal aid on New York’s local governments in his full report: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/pubs/research/federal-aid-impact.pdf