Westchester leaders meet to discuss sharing services

<p>As Westchester faces a $18 million budget gap, county and municipality leaders came together Thursday to discuss sharing services.</p>

News 12 Staff

Sep 7, 2018, 12:20 AM

Updated 2,144 days ago

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As Westchester faces a $18 million budget gap, county and municipality leaders came together Thursday to discuss sharing services.
Westchester County legislators and leaders of local municipalities met at the Westchester County Center to vote on a proposed plan to share services.
The proposal is the result of three public hearings where ideas were fleshed out.
The final draft includes proposals for the county to take over services like electronic records, law enforcement, regional management of tax assessment and creating a  countywide health consortium.
All municipality leaders in attendance showed their interest in the plan by voting for the proposal.
The vote comes as the state is offering a dollar-for-dollar match of the savings achieved by sharing services through a newly announced initiative meant to save taxpayer dollars.

While all leaders in attendance voted for the proposal, it’s not a commitment to the entire proposal.
The next step is for the Westchester County Board of Legislators to vote on the proposal before it's sent to the state for review.  It's too soon to say what, if any, parts of it will actually be implemented.


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