GENESEO, N.Y., Jan. 9, 2024 — The Livingston County Shared Services Panel approved the County’s 2024 Shared Services Plan and filed the approved plan with the New York State Department of State. Livingston County has a long-standing history of collaboration as this marks the County’s fifth approved Shared Services Plan.
The 2024 Plan includes several key initiatives and is estimated to result in a net savings totaling over $1,000,000 to the County and municipalities once fully implemented. After implementation, the County may apply for a savings match from the state in 2025.
The initiatives included in the County’s Shared Services Plan are:
- Shared File Archiving and Management Services: The County will purchase, and make available to municipalities via intermunicipal agreement, software to archive digital materials and manage collections of paper records.
- Shared Property Tax Collection: The County will execute a contract with a selected firm to provide electronic property tax collection for the County and municipalities.
- Regional Water Supply Expansion: The County will partner with the Livingston County Water and Sewer Authority (LCWSA) and municipalities to expand potable water supply to municipalities impacted by a salt mine collapse that occurred in 1994.
- Shared Leak Detection Purchase: LCWSA, along with municipalities, will jointly purchase equipment to be used in identifying water leaks and conducting water loss surveys of public water systems.
- PERMA Workers’ Compensation Insurance Consortium: The County will join the PERMA insurance consortium and purchase Workers’ Compensation Insurance through it.
- LCWSA Greater Tompkins County Municipal Health Insurance Consortium: LCWSA will join the health insurance consortium and purchase health insurance through it.
- Environmental Assessments and Asbestos Abatements of Municipal Buildings: The County will seek U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield funding to complete environmental assessments and asbestos abatements of municipal buildings.
- Training for Municipal Code Enforcement Officers: The County, through Training and Professional Development Coordinator, will offer trainings to interested municipal Code Enforcement Officers.
“In Livingston County, we pride ourselves on running an efficient, resident-focused government at all levels, Town, Village and County,” said County Administrator Ian Coyle. “The successful filing of a fifth Shared Services Plan will help us continue to do that. The initiatives included in this year’s filing are estimated to save over $1,000,000 in taxpayer funds once fully implemented. I thank all members of the County Shared Services Panel for their diligent work and input in the development of the plan.”
The plan was filed as part of the New York Countywide Shared Services Initiative (CWSSI). New York State introduced the CWSSI in 2017 and required counties to convene local municipalities to develop and approve plans that lower the cost of local government by finding efficiencies and shared services. The CWSSI offers to match each county’s savings from their first year with additional funding.
All plans are approved by a Shared Services Panel, which is comprised of chief elected officers from all municipalities within a county.
For more information on the CWSSI, click here. To learn more about Livingston County’s shared services, please call (585) 243-7040.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is home to more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.