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Legislature Endorses Shared Services Plan

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In the latest required step to comply with New York State’s County-wide Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan Law, the Legislature, without dissent, endorsed the recommended Tompkins County Shared Services Plan and sent it back to the County’s Shared Services Panel for further public comment and action. A third public hearing on the plan will be held before the Panel takes a final vote prior to the State’s submission deadline of September 15.

The proposed plan’s six key elements include the following:

  • Creation of a Tompkins County Council of Governments Training Academy as a vehicle to provide affordable, high quality training to all local governments within the County.
  • Creation and maintenance of a Service Modernization Plan by the County for use by all municipalities, to facilitate through software automation of a number of routine paper-intensive tasks currently done by hand.
  • Creation and management of a purchasing pool to facilitate lowest-cost acquisition of contemporary financial software for municipalities that desire it.
  • Acquisition and operation by Tompkins County of a countywide mass notification system available to all municipalities in the County.
  • Creation and management of a purchasing pool to facilitate conversion of street lights to high-efficiency LED fixtures for municipalities interested.
  • Expansion of the Greater Tompkins County Municipal Health Insurance Consortium by two additional members in 2018, sustaining substantial recurring savings to all members.

The report also anticipates the Panel’s exploration of several other potential shared service initiatives that may result in future savings. Legislator Martha Robertson suggested that the current exploration of Law Enforcement Shared Services, which has been study for many months, also be mentioned in the report, and Administrator Mareane agreed that it could be, even though the initiative is not among those that can be implemented in 2018.

View the full Recommended County Shared Services Plan at