[Consolidation] is being done without considering organizational ability. Some are well run (leave alone) and some are poorly run (need changes).
We share equipment and fuel depot use with surrounding towns.
The county water and sewer authority provides reservoirs and treatment plants; municipalities still service their customers. Local politics make this a challenging proposition.
NYC Department of Design and Construction has taken over NYC Department of Sanitation construction capital improvement projects.
Opportunities for consolidation are being assessed.
Local government consideration of fleet services.
New York State encourages local collaboration/consolidation, but archaic laws hinder the process.
As a county agency, we've assisted cities, villages, and townships for years in hopes of reducing taxpayer cost on various items; and see this expanding as the law allows in the future.
Many local governments are consolidating services and sharing the costs without a state mandate. The drop in tax revenues and lack of state assistance is requiring consolidation to balance budgets.
Some consolidations, like police dispatch, make sense. A neighboring city sells anti-icing liquids to us, which works well and saves money. We've used other cities' underground pipe video systems.
[Consolidating] would be disastrous because each local government would need equipment and personnel when the other city's using it; there would be real issues responding to needs.
It's a great idea. We've participated in informal staff-level discussions with other agencies on ways to share resources or consolidate services.
Cities within each county could work together to do projects and thus save public funds.
Bureaucracies never use a keen sense of the obvious (my term for “common sense”) in restructuring. Instead, they add another committee with attached "fees" to examine the process.
Some jurisdictions are in preliminary talks.