Bruno announces state highway aid increase for Saratoga County

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, R-Brunswick, announced that the

2008-09 State budget will increase State highway funding to all local governments in Saratoga County by $752,458.

Municipalities in Saratoga County will receive a total of $5,043,352 in CHIPS aid, an increase of 17.5 percent from last year. The local assistance, from the state's Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), was included in the Transportation and Economic Development budget bill approved by the Legislature.

This is critically important funding the State provides to all local governments to help them improve, repair and maintain local roads, Bruno said. "The quality of our roads is vital to our economy and quality of life. The Executive budget proposed cutting local highway aid, but the Senate worked to reprioritize the budget so we could not only restore the cut, but increase this aid."

Bruno said the Executive Budget proposed reducing the CHIPS program by $9.1 million. The Senate fought, not only to restore the cut, but to increase CHIPS local road aid by an additional $51 million, resulting a total increase over the Executive Budget of $60 million.

"Providing these funds will mean that localities can move forward with important road improvement projects without placing additional pressure on local property taxes," Bruno said. For a complete breakdown of the CHIPS aid to Saratoga County's municipalities, visit www.spotlightnews.com.

Total '08-'09 Increase Change Percent

County of Saratoga $2,229,697 $263,391 13.40%

City of Mechanicville 105,796 15,814 17.58

City of Saratoga Springs 494,257 78,738 18.95

Town of Ballston 70,526 12,408 21.35

Town of Charlton 84,765 15,747 22.82

Town of Clifton Park 258,552 44,143 20.59

Town of Corinth 76,720 13,878 22.08

Town of Day 62,175 11,483 22.65

Town of Edinburg 65,291 12,253 23.10

Town of Galway 108,729 20,404 23.10

Town of Greenfield 165,011 30,125 22.33

Town of Hadley 68,384 12,891 23.23

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