(BINGHAMTON, NY) In a big victory for Broome County taxpayers, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced that Broome County will receive over $3.1 million in first year matching funds from New York State as part of the County Wide Shared Services Initiative. Broome County is the first county in NY State to receive funding.
"Millions of dollars coming to Broome County is a MAJOR win. After all our hard work on the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative, I am proud that Broome County is among the first to be awarded matching funds. As soon as Governor Cuomo announced the program in 2017, my team and I hit the ground running to introduce new shared services in Broome County and that has paid off, to the tune of $3.1 million dollars. Thank you to the Governor for recognizing our hard work in Broome County to protect our taxpayers."
Broome County partnered with the Capital District BOCES Pharmacy Purchasing Coalition to achieve total savings of over $3.1 million. The Coalition enables participating entities to maintain their current pharmacy plans, governance and autonomy, while leveraging large-scale group purchasing discounts and contracting that currently encompasses 600,000 lives. The remaining net savings of over $9,700 resulted from sharing caseworkers between school districts.
“Whether it is completely rebuilding our communications network saving local municipalities millions of dollars, centralizing our arraignment process which keeps more police patrolling the streets, or working with our school districts to save millions of dollars, Broome County is setting an example for the rest of the state in how to share services and find new ways to save taxpayers money,'' said Garnar.