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Broome County Moves Forward with County-Wide Shared Services Initiative Plan

Broome County Moves Forward with County-Wide Shared Services Initiative Plan

Projects Total Potential Savings of $20 Million

 

(BINGHAMTON, NY) Broome County Executive Jason Garnar has submitted the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative Plan. The plan was submitted on July 27 to the Broome County Legislature for comment and will be returned to the Executive’s Office by August 18.

Broome County’s plan identifies a potential of $20 million in taxpayer savings.

In early 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo challenged counties with developing plans to save taxpayers money. Broome County began its shared services panel in February, immediately following the Governor’s request. In April 2017, the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative passed as a part of the 2018 state budget and a new panel was formed under the new guidelines set forth by the legislation.

Members of the panel include officials from all 24 municipalities (towns and villages) in Broome County.

The County-Wide Shared Services Initiative requires county officials to develop localized plans that find property tax savings by coordinating and eliminating duplicative services and propose coordinated services to enhance purchasing power. Each county was required to establish a shared service plan and develop a property tax savings plan.

Since February 3, 2017, 15 meetings have been held and there have been three public hearings held in Broome County.

A major project included in Broome County’s plan is new emergency radio towers for municipalities. This project has a potential savings of $18 million dollars.

Also, another project is the development of a partnership between the Broome County Department of Social Services and the Binghamton City School District to place caseworkers inside city schools with a potential savings of $255,000.

Another project highlighted in the plan is the Pharmacy Prescription Coalition with a potential savings of $1 million. The coalition is a group of purchasers focused solely on pharmacy benefits. The goal is to help employers save money by combining their purchasing power.

Broome County can potentially receive matching state funding for projects included in the plan for savings within the first year.

After the Executive’s Office receives the plan back from the Legislature, the Shared Services Panel will be voting on the plan in September. If approved by the panel, the plan will be submitted to the budget office and shared with the residents of Broome County.

The web address to view the Shared Services Plan can be found here:

 

http://gobroomecounty.co.broome.ny.us/files/shared%20services%20packet%207-27-17%20%5B2%5D-07272017113659.pdf

07/27/2017 - 12:34pm