Elected Officials to Tackle Shared Services Initiative

Putnam County Executive Convenes Meeting of Elected Officials to Tackle Shared Services Initiative

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell is kicking off planning efforts designed to save money for taxpayers through increased efficiencies across government services. An assembly of more than two dozen elected officials representing local municipalities and agencies are invited to take part in a planning session on Thursday, May 18th.

The Putnam County-wide Shared Services Initiative forum will hold its first meeting at 3 p.m., at the TOPS Building on the Donald B. Smith Campus in Carmel, NY.

This meeting will be the first step in implementing the County-wide Shared Services Initiative, included in the state budget passed earlier this month.

The initiative calls upon the County Executive to come up with a plan to save property tax dollars by having municipalities and taxing districts share and centralize services.

“We do the very best job that we can every day to share services within our departments,” said County Executive Odell. “There is no doubt that this is a tall order, but my administration and my colleagues representing our six towns and 3 villages have a common objective. We are committed to working together to keep more money in our constituents’ pockets without sacrificing quality of life services.”

The County Executive has invited representatives from Putnam’s six towns and three villages, including Supervisors and Mayors, to join the forum. Highway and School Superintendents are also requested to join, along with union representatives.

Towns and villages are required to be part of the initiative. Schools are urged to take part.

Odell noted that there are few details available from the state about the new state law. A copy of the law is available at https://www.dos.ny.gov/lg/countywide_services.html.

“Further streamlining government by reducing or eliminating redundancy will save tax dollars and benefit both residents and businesses in Putnam County. We all gain from a successful outcome,” said Odell.

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