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Shared Services Ideas

NYSAC has solicited input from members on potential areas of improvement for shared services. The suggestions we received include the following:

Broome County

  • Merger of emergency radio towers
  • Project partnering the Broome County Dept. of Social Services and the Binghamton City School District
  • Pharmacy Prescription Coalition


Cattaraugus County

  • Joint procurement and/or coordination of GIS/GPS services with the County
  • Joint procurement of professional engineering services
  • Joint procurement of building demolition services
  • Shared or coordinated Property Tax Assessing
  • Joint procurement of Health insurance or participation in the Health Insurance Cooperative
  • Participation in a Workers Compensation Cooperative
  • Joint procurement of animal control services
  • Development/maintenance of a DPW equipment list across municipalities and standardizing calculation of DPW shared services savings
  • Consolidating town justice courts
  • Shared highway machinery purchases and software-based systems for towns to reserve equipment and avoid conflicting requests
  • Shared procurement of natural gas and electric utilities
  • Shared procurement of legal counsel


Cayuga County

  • Consolidating fire departments
  • Moving from a town assessor to a county assessor
  • Sharing town justices
  • Insurance
  • Fleet management
  • Combining water treatment systems (not possible in six week timeframe)


Chautauqua County

  • 10 projects are being developed for the county's Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition (MCEC) grant application.
  • Storm water management project
  • Joint police and court facility
  • Consolidation of the towns of Gerry, Charlotte, and village of Sinclairville into one municipal entity
  • Merging fire departments


Chemung County

  • Court consolidation
  • Sharing of large highway equipment
  • Central HR staff


Clinton County

  • Combining the Rouses Point village police with the sheriff's dept.
  • Centralized assessing
  • Tax collection
  • Code enforcement
  • Dog control
  • Snow and ice agreements
  • Law enforcement consolidation
  • Sewage treatment plant facilities and water


Cortland County

  • Shared tax collection with schools
  • Shared purchasing of office supplies
  • Shared accounting services
  • Some municipalities may join Tompkins County health consortium
  • Consolidated vital statistics (birth/death certificates)                 
  • Shared RSPs for road projects


Dutchess County

  • Shared salt and paving material purchasing
  • Motor vehicle repair
  • Website development and maintenance
  • Shared court facilities
  • Drug Task Force efforts
  • Municipal solar farms
  • Regional project with Dutchess and Ulster counties partnering to expand their Conflict Defender Swap program into Family Court, projected to save nearly $70,000 over the two-year period


Erie County                      

  • Contracts to maintain grass, fields, and roadsides


Essex County

  • EMS
  • Centralized IT department


Fulton County

  • Contract tax collection
  • Garbage collection
  • Integration of the city police departments of Johnstown and Gloversville
  • Integration of the fire departments of Johnstown and Gloversville
  • County central highway department
  • Countywide police force


Genesee County

  • Assessment services
  • Back office IT support
  • More inter-jurisdictional courts


Greene County

  • Consolidated ambulance service
  • Shared legal services via county attorney
  • Employee trainings
  • Broadband expansion via consolidation of cable TV franchises
  • Grant writers
  • Animal control consolidation and sheltering
  • Consolidated street lighting
  • Procurement services
  • IT services
  • Payroll, accounting, fixed asset software management
  • Code enforcement
  • Property tax collections
  • Property assessing services
  • Snow plowing service with central school districts
  • Road snow plowing, roadside mowing, stripping, signage
  • Health care program consortium
  • Records management
  • Consolidated - unified town/village/county courts systems
  • Law enforcement consolidation
  • PSAP consolidation
  • Libraries
  • Water - sewer special district mergers
  • Fire dept. consolidations
  • General property casualty and liability insurance
  • GIS
  • Hunting licenses, birth/death certificates
  • Parks and rec - programming
  • Fleet maintenance


Herkimer County

  • Highway consolidation with towns
  • Public safety sharing between villages (fire, police)
  • Purchasing (equipment, etc.)
  • Joint health insurance
  • Codes and assessment


Livingston County

  • Justice court consolidation
  • Something with health insurance
  • Combining fire districts
  • Codify/place into IMA form pre-existing shared services grant-writing arrangement with the municipalities


Madison County

  • Shared courts
  • Municipal health insurance
  • Shared IT services


Montgomery County

  • Consolidation of the village and town of Canajoharie
  • Shared municipal building in Canajoharie
  • Consolidation of court systems
  • Consolidation of law enforcement
  • Improved electronic records management


Oneida County

  • Public works
  • Codes
  • Animal control
  • Purchasing
  • Courts
  • Snow plowing


Onondaga County

  • Consolidation of busing for schools


Ontario County

  • Cyber security
  • IT services
  • Grant writing


Orange County

  • 911 dispatching
  • Assessing
  • County takeover of emergency services radio communications


Orleans County

  • Plans to offer municipalities to share the county’s dispatch services, property assessment and procurement


Oswego County

  • Shared records center
  • Combined health insurance
  • Justice court consolidation
  • Shared purchasing


Putnam County

  • Joint purchasing, including energy and insurance
  • Shared highway equipment - plowing services
  • Shared storage facilities
  • Reduce back office administrative overhead



  • Countywide Animal Control Program
  • Cooperative purchasing of paper and other items through the Empire State Purchasing Group
  • Bulk purchase of LED lighting
  • Shared printing through BOCES
  • Shared police dispatching
  • Formalizing agreements among highway departments
  • Joint bids for landscaping and custodial services
  • Dissolution and sharing of small village courts


Saratoga County

  • Bulk purchasing of supplies
  • Putting all government retirees into one Medicare pool


Schenectady County

  • Development of another 15 megawatts of solar farm arrays
  • Switch to more efficient municipal lighting systems
  • Municipal lighting fund
  • Health care cost consortium
  • Joint purchasing cooperative


Schuyler County

  • Tax Collection-Consolidation and/or Privatization
  • Centralized Code Enforcement
  • Health Insurance Consortium
  • Property & Liability Insurance Consortium
  • Workers Compensation Consortium
  • Consolidated Courts
  • Shared PH Emergency Planner (Schuyler, Yates)
  • County Wide Enhanced Recycling/Composting/Curbside Pickup
  • Joint Purchasing
  • Fire Departments - Procurement
  • County Wide Law Enforcement Agency / Police Consolidation
  • Planning-Economic Development/Grant Writing
  • Centralization of Issuance of Licenses – Dog, Birth, Death, Hunting
  • Consolidated/Central Board of Assessment Review (Grievance Day)
  • Web Hosting
  • Shared Water Operator
  • Municipal Consolidations
  • Regional Wastewater Treatment / Governance


Seneca County            

  • Consolidated 911, emergency medical response and fire dispatching
  • Centralized highway administration and purchasing
  • Property and liability insurance consortium
  • Consolidated payroll services
  • Consolidated website hosting
  • Consolidated fleet or vehicle management
  • County assessment department
  • County tax collection
  • County trash pickup
  • Reduction of county highway dept.
  • County zoning officer with a unified ordinance to enforce
  • Dissolution of Seneca Falls, Waterloo and Interlaken police depts.
  • Centralized highway depts.
  • Dissolution of villages
  • Dissolution of towns


Steuben County

  • Road repair
  • Bridge construction
  • Mobile work program
  • Joint purchasing
  • County auction/sale of surplus items
  • Joint radio system and broadband communications and consolidation efforts
  • Shared public works equipment and personnel
  • Shared GIS mapping
  • Cooperative purchase for public works materials
  • Shared dog control
  • Sewer management and operation
  • Shared assessor


Sullivan County

  • Electronic records management
  • Police dispatch
  • Shared parks administration


Suffolk County

  • Shared parks administration
  • Consolidated dispatch
  • IT support services
  • Electronic management services
  • Sharing recycling services, marine equipment, street sweepers, road resurfacing crews, anti-graffiti trucks, municipal gas pumps, truck cleaning facilities, and senior and youth health care


Tioga County

  • Accounts Payable – Centralized/Connected
  • Fueling Station/Standby Power
  • Dog Licensing (Software) – Single Entity
  • Police Services – village to town/town to county
  • Clerk Services – village to town/town to county
  • Court Services – village to town/town to county
  • Mitigate Impacts on Services
  • Product Purchases
  • Training – Centralized
  • Health Insurance
  • DPW Shared Equipment (including Soil & Water)
  • Snow plowing – Duplicate road miles
  • Rental of State Equipment to save money
  • Towns/County roads and bridges – Identify duplication or efficiency
  • IT Services – Centralized/Shared
  • Tax Bills (Software)
  • Assessments
  • Code Enforcement
  • Paving – Big Equipment


Tompkins County

  • A Council of Government Training Academy to provide high-quality training to all local governments in the county.
  • Creation and maintenance of a Service Modernization Plan, which would automate several routine paper-intensive tasks.
  • Creation and management of a purchasing pool to facilitate lowest-cost acquisition of contemporary financial software for municipalities that want it.
  • Acquisition and operation by Tompkins County of a mass notification system available to all municipalities in the county.
  • Creation and management of a purchasing pool to facilitate conversion of street lights to high-efficiency LED fixtures for municipalities interested.
  • Expansion of the Greater Tompkins County Municipal Health Insurance Consortium in 2018.
  • Centralized back office administrative services.
  • Centralization of the code enforcement function.
  • A collaborative approach to optimize capacity of the Cayuga Heights and City of Ithaca wastewater treatment plants.
  • Centralized approach to meet increased storm water management requirements.


Ulster County

  • Purchasing


Wayne County

  • District courts
  • Countywide assessment
  • Digitized records
  • Dog control


Wyoming County

  • Countywide zoning
  • Purchasing of electrical transformers and water meters
  • IT services
  • Schools could share fiscal officers and sports teams
  • Sharing equipment
  • Green energy
  • Consolidated assessing


Yates County

  • Court consolidation
  • Health Insurance
  • IT
  • HR
  • Purchasing
  • Justice courts
  • Planning
  • Highways
  • Code enforcement

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