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Legislature Urges Changes in Community Transition Funding Related to Power Plant Reductions

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Legislature Urges Changes in Community Transition Funding Related to Power Plant Reductions

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Legislature, by a vote of 12-1 (Legislator Dooley Kiefer voted no; Legislator Peter Stein was excused), went on record in support of proposed State legislation, advanced by Senator Pam Helming and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton in response to the County’s initiative, which would revise the criteria for State Urban Development Corporation transition funding for communities impacted by closure or diminished production of electric generating facilities, such as the local coal-fired Cayuga Power Plant.

Acting on a member-filed resolution from Legislator Martha Robertson, the Legislature endorsed the proposed expansion of eligibility for such funding to communities where an electric generating facility is operating marginally, but has not completely closed. The Legislature’s action states that “the Tompkins County Legislature believes that the criteria to receive these funds should be updated to also allow communities to be eligible where an operational facility demonstrates that its actual electricity production in the prior year was less than 15% of its total generating capacity, and that such diminished electricity production has caused a reduction in the real property tax collections or [payment-in-lieu-of-tax] revenue of at least 20% owed by such electric generating facility.”

Legislator Carol Chock said she supports the concept of such transitional relief, but would have liked the opportunity to review the proposed legislation in detail before acting. Several Legislators thanked Legislator Robertson for taking the initiative on the issue. It is hoped that the proposed legislation might be acted upon before the end of the current State legislative session.