Oneida County and the village and town of Vernon will receive 27% more aid this year for hosting video lottery terminals at the Vernon Downs racino.

Senator Joseph Griffo says the new state budget includes nearly $257,000 for Oneida County, $231,000 for the Town of Vernon and $137,000 the Village of Vernon.

Griffo says host aid was cut entirely during the 2010 budget crisis, but is slowly being restored.

“I am pleased that this aid to host municipalities was increased in the new budget, as it will reduce property taxes in both Vernon and Oneida County,” said Griffo. “My work is not complete, however. I will continue to advocate for Vernon and Oneida again receiving the aid they are rightfully entitled to under the original agreement.”