Shared Services

County of Orange County-wide Shared Service Property Tax Savings Plan

The FY 2018 New York State Budget included a County-wide Shared Services Initiative (CWSSI) designed to generate property tax savings by facilitating collaboration between local governments. The CWSSI established a Shared Services Panel of the mayor of every city and village and supervisor of every town, within the county, chaired by the County Executive. The Panel is developing and will ultimately approve a County-wide Shared Service Property Tax Savings Plan with the goal of saving property taxpayers’ money by identifying collaborative opportunities for shared services between at least 2 municipalities. The County does not have to be a partner in the costs savings projects.

The FY 2019 Budget includes $225 million to fund the State’s one-time match of net savings from new shared services actions implemented and achieved among more than one municipality included in County property tax savings plans. The Budget also continues the county-wide shared services panels for another three years.  

The Orange County Shared Services Panel, chaired by County Executive Steven Neuhaus, has been meeting monthly since July of 2017 and aims to submit a plan to the Orange County Legislature for their review by July, but no later than August 1, 2018. The Legislature will review the plan and make any recommendations through an advisory report by September 15, 2018. The County Executive will hold 3 public hearings on the plan before September 15. The County Executive and the Panel can modify the plan based on the recommendations. The plan will be finalized by the County Executive and the Panel will vote to approve or disapprove of the plan.  The County Executive will submit the plan to the NYS Director of the Division of Budget by September 15 and will disseminate and present the plan to the public by October 15, 2018.

For more information regarding the Shared Services Initiative and to view the Shared Services Plans submitted in 2017 visit the Shared Services section of the NYS Dept. of State website: https://www.ny.gov/programs/shared-services-initiative.

For more information regarding Orange County’s Shared Services Plan please contact Nicole Andersen, Director of Grants (845) 291-2795 [email protected] or David Church, Commissioner of Planning (845) 615-3840.

Upcoming Shared Services Panel Meetings:

Thursday, June 21st, 1:30 p.m., Orange County Emergency Services Center, Classroom 1, 22 Wells Farm Road, Goshen

Thursday, July 19th, 1:30 p.m., Orange County Emergency Services Center, Classroom 1, 22 Wells Farm Road, Goshen

Thursday, August 16th, 1:30 p.m., Orange County Emergency Services Center, Classroom 1, 22 Wells Farm Road, Goshen

Thursday, September 20th, 1:30 p.m., Orange County Emergency Services Center, Classroom 1, 22 Wells Farm Road, Goshen