ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Rockland now has a roadmap to begin sharing services.
The Rockland County Shared Services Initiative panel voted Monday to accept a report that will be used as a guide to develop a plan to create efficiencies and save taxpayers money, Rockland County Executive Ed Day said.
"This is just the beginning of a very challenging process, a process that we will continue to pursue in order to make our governments more efficient and less costly," Day said
The meeting was attended by 15 officials from Rockland's towns and villages along with BOCES Superintendent Mary Jean Marsico and Michael Senno, Assistant Superintendent for Business for the North Rockland School District.
The panel will continue to meet over the next year with the goal of submitting a plan to the state in 2018 that would outline savings and quality for matching state funds.
"We only have one chance to qualify for funds from the state to match our savings – the proverbial one bite at the apple," Day said. "Faced with a choice of responding this year or next, we determined that rushing to meet an unrealistic timeline for this year was not in the best interest of Rockland County taxpayers."
Day praised the towns and villages that took part in the initiative. He also praised BOCES and the North Rockland schools, which were not required under state law to take part but did so anyway in an effort to find savings.
Over the next year, the county will work with towns, village and school districts to develop detailed proposals for implementing these ideas and identifying significant property tax saving for our residents.
"If we can save our taxpayers even a nickel – hopefully much more – it will be worth it," Day said.
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