COUNTY- WIDE SHARED SERVICES INITIATIVE

The FY 2018 Enacted State Budget established the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative, designed to generate property tax savings by facilitating operational collaboration between local governments.

Under this initiative, the Chief Executive Officers of each county (outside of New York City) will:

  • Establish a Shared Services Panel that will include the mayor of each city or village and the supervisor of each town.  In addition, a representative of a school district, board of cooperative education services, and/or special improvement district may be invited to participate. 

  • Develop a County-wide Shared Service Property Tax Savings Plan to identify, propose and implement new actions to save taxpayers money through shared, coordinated and more efficient services between local governments within the county. 

  • Save taxpayer dollars, engage the public and have the opportunity for State match funding. Plans that create actual and demonstrable savings across multiple jurisdictions may be eligible for a one-time match of the net savings resulting from new actions implemented pursuant to the Plan.

The County-Wide Share Services Initiative continues Governor Cuomo’s commitment to reducing property taxes and incentivizing local government modernization.  It builds upon the Property Tax Cap Initiative enacted in 2011, which is estimated to have saved the typical property taxpayer over $2,000, and enhances existing shared services and efforts offered by existing local government efficiency programs offered by the Department of State.

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To contact the Department of State regarding this program, please utilize the following email:  countywidesharedservices@dos.ny.gov

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