GLOVERSVILLE — Mayor Vince DeSantis indicated to Commons Council last week that his administration is looking into ways to save money through intercity collaboration, and he wants to start the county’s passive shared services panel.
During a November 9 council meeting held via Zoom, DeSantis said she had recently been contacted by the State Department of New York State to promote intercity agreements that save local property taxpayers money. Grant funding is once again available.
“Any kind of inter-city consolidation or collaboration that saves both entities money will be matched by cash from the State Department,” DeSantis said.
New York state first offered similar incentives in 2017, asking each county and local government to form a shared services panel and seek ways to share government services to reduce the local property tax burden. At the time, New York State wanted to submit the plans by October of 2017, but allowed counties to take an additional year to come up with more substantial tax savings through shared government services.
Fulton County was among the counties that opted to take an additional year to prepare its tax-saving plan, which it presented in 2018. The plan included four projects that counties could implement in 2019 and 2020, if municipalities chose to participate in them. The projects are:
- Creation of a contract-appraisal unit at the county level, which can provide property-appraisal services to the municipalities that rent the service.
- Fulton County’s Smart Waters regional water and wastewater treatment system.
- To establish collaboration between county government and local tax-collection jurisdictions to use similar property-tax accounting and collection computer software applications to promote efficiency.
- An LED lighting replacement project for the county’s towns and cities.
None of the shared services considerations, however, were binding on the municipalities in Fulton County in any way, and none of the municipalities accepted the county’s offer to provide contract evaluation services.
New York State’s 2017-18 push to promote shared services also included the creation of a countywide shared services panel, consisting of the heads of each of the municipalities in Fulton County, including both mayors of Glove Cities, But it appears the panel hasn’t been active since the crafting of the first shared service plan in 2018.
DeSantis said he has not been aware of any Common Services Panel meetings or discussions since serving as city mayor in 2019. He said that since the state is once again offering cash incentives, it’s time for Gloversville and Fulton County to look at ways to save. Money through inter municipal agreements.
“I didn’t talk [Fulton County Administrator] John Steed or our county supervisor yet, because it’s something I was just made aware of, but my intention this week is to see if we can get it started right away,” DeSantis said on Sunday. Said to
During the Commons Council meeting on November 9, DeSantis said that the cash incentives being offered by the State Department of New York State would require Fulton County to include a new list of shared services projects, including sharing with school districts. Services may also be included. He said a hypothetical source of savings could be a joint purchase of equipment between the city of Gloversville and the city of Jonestown.
“If we pay half of each” [the purchase cost] And we both use it to our full advantage, at the end of the year we can jointly list what’s left by doing so, and then the State Department will send us a check for the savings – so, we’re on the actual savings. Save twice as much, DeSantis said.
“It’s a way for them to encourage intercity collaboration, so I just want to make sure the public is aware of it, and that [the council and city department heads] Be aware of it, because you can have ideas about inter-municipal cooperation, even the smallest thing like sharing an official can be used.”
Third Ward Councilwoman Betsy Bacheler asked if the cost of a position such as a school district police officer could be shared.
DeSantis said he was not sure because Gloversville pays the city money for the service provided by the Enlarged School District officer.
DeSantis said that he has discussed in the past with the cities of Johnstown and Amsterdam about the possibility of attempting to save money through a joint asphalt-paving contract, but he is unsure whether he will receive any State Department grants from New York State. will be eligible or not. Inter-municipal savings because they believe it can be difficult to document savings from year to year. Buying “paver,” he said, an expensive piece of Department of Public Works equipment may qualify.
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