Picente Discusses Shared Services Among Cities, Towns, Villages
Oneida County's initial County-wide Shared Services plan will yield modest savings, but County Executive Anthony Picente says it lays the ground work for future consolidation and taxpayer savings.
Picente joined the Keeler in the Morning Show this week, just days after the county executive's office publicly announced the agreement.
Pending approval from the Boonville Village Board of Trustees, then voter approval in a public referendum, the Boonville village and town courts would merge, leading to annual savings of $14,000.
Additionally, the county is working on a shared equipment agreement with all 26 towns, 17 villages and 3 cities, carrying an estimated savings of $150,000 in 2018. That agreement includes a plan between Rome and Verona in the mowing of Brown Road, and the snowplowing Brown, Heelpath and Zingerline roads (the actual savings of the Rome-Verona agreement aren't yet known).
''Everybody is buying the same equipment, why isn't one buying it and sharing it?'', Picente asked when joining the Keeler show.
''If each town has code officers, or animal control officers...for towns and villages, if it's not a five-day a week battle then why aren't we sharing them?''
The county executive said he was pleased with participation and 'positive sentiments' about shared services and potential savings. Picente pointed to DPW, codes and overlapping police agencies in towns and villages as other examples possible high-dollar savings to taxpayers.