The Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget includes a new initiative intended to generate property tax savings by facilitating operational collaboration between local governments. The County-wide Shared Services Initiative (the "Initiative") establishes a Shared Services Panel (SSP) in each county, chaired by the Chief Executive Officer of the County. In Schuyler County, the County Administrator as Chief Executive Officer will convene to help develop, and ultimately decide upon a County-wide Shared Service Property Tax Savings Plan (the "Plan"), that demonstrates intergovernmental cooperation to identify and implement new opportunities to share and coordinate services.
Plans that create actual and demonstrable property tax savings may be eligible for a one-time match of the net savings resulting from new actions implemented pursuant to the Plan.
Schuyler County has begun the process of establishing a plan utilizing the Council of Governments. The COG was established in July of 2005 and consists of the chief elected officials from each of the 12 towns and villages, the chief school officers from the two school districts, and representatives of the county legislature (2).