Broome County focusing on shared services to save money

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New York State is looking to local municipal governments to find a way to lower property taxes in 2018.

Governor Cuomo has proposed funding in the 2018 state budget to help match savings generated as a result of shared services.

Last year, the state called on municipal leaders to submit consolidation and shared services plans.

Broome County’s submission generated $19 million in savings, however there was no guarantee of a match from the State Government.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says he’s pleased that New York is putting matching funds in this year’s budget.

“The concept is good.  It’s important to save taxpayer money.  Getting in a room and meeting together is a great idea.  Having the State match the savings for the first year is an even better idea,” said Garnar.

Garnar says the focus is more on sharing services, rather than dissolving local governments to save money.

He says as County Executive he would not consider proposing to dissolve a local town or village.

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