Government consolidation isn’t always the answer Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

"I think the narrative has gone askew as we talk about what to do about this," said Tim Hoefer, executive director of the government watchdog Empire Center for Public Policy. "We are one of the states with the highest property taxes in the nation, and the cost drivers are partially at the local level, but they're also driven by mandates from the states that aren't paid for."

Editorial: Rebate a reason to share | Albany Times Union

Municipalities are grappling with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's challenge to consolidate and collaborate in order to garner the property tax rebates for their citizens included in the 2014-15 state budget. Sharing services looks to be the path forward, because taxpayers time and again reject mergers.

Report: How to save money by sharing services | Press Releases

Local governments should consider sharing services to help reduce costs and maintain services to residents, suggests a new report from the Empire Center for Public Policy. “Municipal Cooperation: Sharing Services in NY,” explores the different ways localities in New York can and do share services to save money.

The streamline search: options for NY localities by Tim Hoefer | | Empire Ideas, Reports

A challenging fiscal environment and notoriously high property taxes have raised structural and service issues to new levels as communities explore the potential efficiencies to be gained through shared services, dissolution and consolidation.