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Goshen, N.Y. – The Orange County Shared Services Panel approved the final Shared Services Plan to be submitted by Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus on Tuesday night. The final Shared Service plan must be submitted to New York State for review by September 15th.
The Shared Services Plan was developed in collaboration with the County’s Department of Planning and officials from many of the County’s municipalities, who served on the Shared Services Initiative Panel. The proposed Plan will save taxpayers an estimated $8 million in 2019.
“Governor Cuomo has encouraged counties throughout the State to collaborate with our local municipalities and find ways for them to work together with County government to reduce costs and save taxpayer dollars,” Neuhaus said. “Under my administration, Orange County has a track record of making that happen. The initiatives in the Shared Services Plan will help make the County safer and also save our taxpayers money. I appreciate the participation and leadership of many of our local officials, as well as County Planning Commissioner Dave Church, who worked diligently on this effort.”
New York State’s 2018 budget includes a County-wide Shared Services Initiative (CWSSI) designed to generate property tax savings by encouraging collaboration between local governments. Orange County created a Shared Services Panel chaired by Neuhaus that is comprised of representatives from municipalities throughout Orange County.
Proposals in Orange County’s Shared Services Plan include:
“The Shared Services process has helped engage the various municipalities of Orange County and provide all involved a savings avenue under the leadership of County Executive Neuhaus,” Town of Monroe Supervisor Tony Cardone said. “It has opened up new dialogue, while improving relationships between villages and towns in a manner never before seen. All this is of great benefit to the taxpayers of our County.”
Added City of Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano: “The Governor's plan for communities to work together to share services is a great opportunity for all of us to work with our municipalities. County Executive Neuhaus, along with the Mayors and Supervisors in Orange County, worked diligently to meet the Governor's share services mandate. and the plan is a good one. I credit County Executive Neuhaus for implementing the Governor’s vision.”
For more information, contact Justin Rodriguez, Assistant to the County Executive for Communications and Media Relations at 845.291.3255 or email@example.com.