by Tim Hoefer, Michael Wright
Empire Center for New York State Policy
June 11, 2014
Local government officials in New York State still wrestle with structural budget costs that are growing faster than inflation. Sharing municipal services – like transportation or snow removal – is one way to reduce these costs while improving the quality and efficiency of government service. Contrary to the expectations embedded in the new state budget’s property tax rebate provisions, savings from such arrangements are not guaranteed, but successful sharing arrangements can provide recurring benefits. The many localities currently saving money, through innovative pilot programs or successful existing agreements, provide a blueprint for others to consider and follow.