When local governments share services, taxpayers win through reduced property taxes as a result of those agreements. In 2008 the Town of Clay proposed the merger of the town police force with the Sheriff's department and taxpayers voted in favor of the merger. This action is an excellent example of the good which can happen when public officials work together for the betterment of the community.
In an effort to promote these type savings in the past, I was a sponsor of a bill to create the Central New York Municipal Cooperation Program. The program would have provided funding for local governments seeking to save taxpayer dollars through service sharing and cooperation agreements.
My concept was expanded to a statewide initiative and $25M in funding was negotiated as part of the 2006 State Budget to consolidate services and save hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. In the past I have also obtained funding for localities within my Senate District to study governmental consolidation. These efforts must continue so important services can be provided in a more efficient and cost effective fashion.