The Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition (MCEC) will provide up to $20 million in state funding to a single consortium of local governments to implement a series of projects designed to modernize municipal services and reduce property taxes. The MCEC has two phases. Under Phase I of the MCEC, local government consortiums, led by a county or a local government with a population in excess of 50,000, were eligible to submit an “Intent to Propose” for participation in the MCEC program.
Under Phase II of the MCEC, all consortiums of local governments that have received funding under Phase I (“Intent to Propose”) to assist with the development of a Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Plan (MCEP or Plan) will be eligible for funding. All submitted MCEPs will be evaluated for the final MCEC award. The MCEP will include an achievable consolidation of a County, City, Town or Village. The most innovative plan in terms of governmental consolidation and property tax reduction will be selected.
This competition will challenge local leaders and residents to implement a consolidation of one or more local governments and to invest MCEC funding in new and creative ways to streamline municipal services and operations, and stimulate their local economy. The recipients of the final MCEC award will be standard bearers of government efficiency for municipalities across the state and will help shape policy at the state level through their experiences, as well as influence the actions of other local governments with their successes.
- Release of the Phase II Guidance Document – February 14, 2017
- Mandatory Applicants Conference, Albany, NY – February 15, 2017
- MCEPs Due to the Department of State – June 28, 2017
- Anticipated Presentations to the Department of State – July 18 – 19, 2017
- Winner Announced – September 2017
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