Publish Date: 8/24/2017
RELEASE: Three Public Hearings Scheduled For County-Wide Shared Services Plan
CSSI Public Hearings Scheduled For Early September In Canajoharie, Fonda & Amsterdam
FONDA — County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort has announced that Public Hearingsfor the county’s County-Wide Shared Services Plan will be held in early September, in threelocations across the county. This is part of the state’s County-Wide Shared Services Initiative(CSSI) that was included in the enacted fiscal year 2018 State Budget.
The initiative requires county officials to develop localized plans that identify, proposeand implement new actions to save taxpayers money through shared, coordinated and moreefficient services between local governments within the county.
Public Hearings will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 4 p.m., in Amsterdam at the SocialServices Satellite Conference Room located in the Riverfront Center; on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at2:30 p.m., in Fonda in the Legislative Chambers of the County Office Building, and inCanajoharie, Monday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m., in the Village Hall. The Public Hearings are part of theprocess, required by the state, to obtain and facilitate input from the public.
Back in July, Executive Ossenfort convened a meeting of the Shared Services Panel atFulton-Montgomery Community College. By the state’s definition, the Shared Services Panelconsists of the mayor of each city or village and the supervisor of each town in the county. Atthat meeting, on July 12, the Shared Services Panel approved the plan drawn up by the countyand submitted it to the County Legislature for their consideration and recommendations.
Many of the bold initiatives included in the county’s Shared Services Plan are alsoincluded in its Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Plan (MCEP). The MCEP was developedas part of a state competition to increase efficiency and bolster shared services within the county.That plan was created based on the feedback and ideas from local officials, who have providedtheir input throughout the year.
Shared Services Plans that create actual savings across multiple jurisdictions may beeligible for a one-time match from the state of the net savings resulting from new actionsimplemented pursuant to the Plan.
If this Shared Services Plan is approved by the panel, the state is mandating that a publicpresentation of the plan take place no later than Oct. 15.