beacon-1011761Local 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.

A provision in the 2014-15 New York State budget will provide a property tax rebate to homeowners in localities that develop plans to save money through various avenues, including shared services.

The report finds that half of all local governments already share public transit and highway and road maintenance to save money, but very few share services among administrative and support services, which produce savings 70 percent of the time .

“There’s little question that local governments are struggling under budgets laden with contractually guaranteed labor costs and always-rising pension and other benefit costs,” said Tim Hoefer, the Empire Center’s executive director. “Sharing services is one of the tools in a local government’s tool box for reducing costs and continuing to provide the services taxpayers have come to expect.”

 The report is the fifth in the Center’s Empire Ideas series which consists of research papers and public forums designed to promote ways elected officials, community groups and concerned taxpayers can improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of local government and school districts.

Previous reports have provided local leaders with blueprints for adopting multi-year financial plans, reforms of retiree health insurance programs and improved financial transparency. The most recent Empire Ideas report, issued in February, focused on the savings potential from mergers, consolidations and dissolutions of local governments.

 Media Contact: Tim Hoefer, 518.434.3100

You may also like

Empire Center Ranks Local Taxes, Spending and Debt Across NY

The Empire Center today released its annual “Benchmarking New York” report, comparing and ranking government tax, spending and debt levels for hundreds of counties, towns, cities and villages throughout New York. Read More

Sen. Skoufis Spends More Than Any New Senator

Sen. James Skoufis, D-Newburgh, had $134,858 in staff and member office expenses during his first three months in the Senate, the most among newly elected members of that house, according to data posted today at SeeThroughNY.net, the Empire Center’s transparency website. Read More

Schenectady County Employee Tops Capital Region Pay List

A Schenectady County employee was the Capital Region’s highest-paid municipal government worker outside New York City during the state’s 2019 fiscal year, according to the latest edition of “What They Make,” the Empire Center’s annual report summarizing total local government pay. Read More

Mid-Hudson Home to NY’s Highest-Paid Local Cop

A police chief in Rockland County was the highest-paid municipal government worker in New York during the state’s 2019 fiscal year, according to the latest edition of “What They Make,” the Empire Center’s annual report summarizing total local government pay. Read More

Lewis County Doctor Tops North Country Pay List

A Lewis County doctor was the highest-paid municipal government worker in the North Country during the state’s 2019 fiscal year, according to the latest edition of “What They Make,” the Empire Center’s annual report summarizing total local government pay. Read More

Cayuga County Employee is Highest-Paid in Central NY

A Cayuga County employee was the highest-paid municipal government worker in Central New York during the state’s 2019 fiscal year, according to the latest edition of “What They Make,” the Empire Center’s annual report summarizing total local government pay. Read More

Empire Center Benchmarks Local Taxes, Spending and Debt Across NY

The Empire Center today released its annual “Benchmarking New York” report, comparing and ranking government tax, spending and debt levels for hundreds of counties, towns, cities and villages throughout New York. Read More

“What They Make” Report Analyzes 2017-18 Local Payrolls Across New York

A Ramapo town police officer who collected $323,562 was New York State’s highest paid local government employee outside New York City during the 12 months ending March 31, according to the 2018 edition of “What They Make,” the Empire Center’s annual analysis of local government pay. Read More

Subscribe

Sign up to receive updates about Empire Center research, news and events in your email.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Empire Center for Public Policy
30 South Pearl St.
Suite 1210
Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 518-434-3100
Fax: 518-434-3130
E-Mail: info@empirecenter.org

About

The Empire Center is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank located in Albany, New York. Our mission is to make New York a better place to live and work by promoting public policy reforms grounded in free-market principles, personal responsibility, and the ideals of effective and accountable government.