Onondaga County Achieved $6.4 Million in Taxpayer Savings in 2018
State Approves Dollar-for-Dollar Match of Taxpayer Savings Generated Through the Implementation of New, Locally-Identified Shared Services Projects
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Onondaga County will receive over $6.4 million in state matching funds through the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative. Onondaga County achieved $6,429,706 in taxpayer savings in 2018 through the implementation of new, locally-identified shared services projects, and the state will match this amount dollar-for-dollar.
"In New York, saving taxpayer dollars is a key priority and these matching funds will build on the significant progress we've already made to put money back in the pockets of middle-class families," Governor Cuomo said. "I applaud the efforts of the Onondaga County government for finding innovative ways to share services, cut costs and generate real savings for New York taxpayers."
Onondaga County partnered with the City of Syracuse and the Syracuse City School District to save $5,659,201 through the creation of a Medicare Advantage plan. Another project that provided significant savings is the expanded participation of the Onondaga County Employees Benefits Association to include the Town of Camillus, saving taxpayers $437,699. Onondaga County also partnered with 48 towns, villages and school districts to purchase new Delinquent Tax Collection Software, saving taxpayers $274,119.
Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, "We are committed to working together with local governments to find efficiencies to save taxpayers money. Onondaga County should be commended for their efforts to partner across the county to share services that offer efficient government programs while saving money to its residents."
Senator Robert E. Antonacci said, "Onondaga County has worked collaboratively with local municipalities to ensure taxpayer savings. By working together with different municipalities on shared services plans, the County taxpayers saved approximately $6.4 million in 2018. Because of those efforts, Onondaga County will be rewarded with state matching funds which will continue to provide savings to local taxpayers. This will help spur economic growth within the County and surrounding area."
Senator Rachel May said, "When local governments are able to get on the same page and share services, it can increase efficiency and save taxpayers money. The initiative on the part of the state to reward municipalities that work together is a great example of looking at government services as a whole system and finding smart and creative ways to make the system work better. Congratulations to all of those who made the system better here in Onondaga County, and thank you to Governor Cuomo for leading these efforts and delivering these matching funds."
Assembly Member William A. Barclay said, "Onondaga County has worked hard to collaborate and partner to find recurring savings for taxpayers. I am pleased the state is recognizing the value in this type of collaboration and is providing an incentive for municipalities to look for ways to share services. These newly-formed agreements for the county will hopefully be in place for years to come and I am pleased Onondaga County was able to take advantage of the program and receive the matching state grant dollars."
Assembly Member Gary D. Finch said, "Onondaga County wouldn't have secured this funding without rock-solid leadership from our elected officials. I want to thank County Executive McMahon, our county legislators, city officials and local government leaders for continuing to promote common-sense partnerships that improve our quality of life and save taxpayers money. When we're willing to coordinate our efforts, pool our resources and work across the aisle, everybody wins."
Assembly Member Pamela J. Hunter said, "I applaud Onondaga County, the Syracuse City School District and the many local municipalities who participated in cost sharing and cost saving programs. By leveraging and combining our resources, we have saved money for the taxpayers while simultaneously securing more funding from the state for local benefit. With these savings and matching funds, we will be able to better serve our constituents at no additional cost to the taxpayer."
Assembly Member Al Stirpe said, "Onondaga County has made important strides to save taxpayer money through shared services and, thanks to $6.4 million in matching state funds, local governments can further reduce the cost of living for our families. I want to thank county and municipal leaders for finding innovative ways to lower our communities' tax burden, and the governor for his leadership on the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative. I'll continue working with my partners in government to ensure all New York families can keep more of their hard-earned money."
Assembly Member William B. Magnarelli said, "Receiving more than $6 million in state matching funds is a successful incentive for the continued success of the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative. Our local municipalities are conscious about providing quality services to their residents at a reasonable cost. The shared services state-matching initiatives have been successful in bringing local municipalities and agencies together to consider continued opportunities for savings."
Onondaga County is one of 31 counties expected to receive state-matched funds. The counties became eligible in 2019 to apply for a State match of net savings from the implementation of new shared services projects that were locally identified during the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative, or CWSSI. The $6,429,706 state match for Onondaga County applies to the first year of actual savings from the implementation of such projects.
The CWSSI is administered by the Division of Local Government Services at New York State Department of State. The Division provides technical assistance and competitive grants to local governments. For more information on CWSSI or any programs administered by the Division, please contact [email protected] or call 518-473-3355.