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Public Hearings on the Allegany County Shared Services Plan to be Held August 13, 2018

Allegany County will conduct the second and third scheduled Public Hearings on August 13, 2018 at 10a.m. and then immediately following the scheduled Board Meeting (at 3p.m.) in the Legislative Chambers of the County Office Building, 7 Court Street, Belmont, NY to address the proposed County Wide Shared Services Initiative (CWSSI) plan.  The CWSSI plan has been prepared for public input in compliance with Legislative Statutes requiring that each county to develop a plan designed to share services and reduce the local tax burden.

This process started in June 2017 and, with the assistance of consultants from the Center for Government Research (CGR), has continued to this point.  The Public Hearings are designed to receive input on the proposed options identified throughout this process.  Participants in the development of this proposal have included the chief elected official from each town or village as well as representation from the Allegany County Board of Legislators.

A DRAFT of the plan is available to be viewed on the Allegany County website at www.alleganyco.com  and can be found under quick links on the main page for easy access. In addition, an electronic copy was sent to each town and village for public viewing.  A copy of the plan is available for viewing in the County Administrator’s Office, Treasurer’s Office, and the Clerk of the Board of Legislator’s Office, 7 Court Street, Belmont, NY.

The draft plan focuses on, but is not limited to, the following shared service option areas:

  • Leveraging health care consortia to generate insurance savings
  • Converting streetlights to LED technology
  • Group purchasing of electricity and natural gas
  • Online and county-supported tax collection
  • Centralized bulk purchasing
  • Joint tax assessment and property revaluation
  • Collaborating on water and sewer services
  • Evaluating potential municipal reorganizations
  • And exploring shared highway equipment, offices, staff and contracts.

Other shared service option possibilities include animal control, code enforcement, document management and records retention, financial services, grant writing, and information technology.

Individuals planning to attend the Public Hearings and seeking to provide testimony are asked to contact the Allegany County Administrator’s Office at 585-268-9217 to pre-register.  Testimony will be limited to five (5) minutes per person and you will be requested to provide a written copy of your testimony.

Individuals with questions regarding the content or seeking clarification of the draft plan can contact Paul Bishop of CGR ahead of the hearing on August 13th.  He can be reached at pbishop@cgr.org or 585-327-7068.