DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- What might sound like boring stuff to most residents could end up saving them money and provide better services in the long run.
That's why Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro has worked for several months on coming up with the county's Shared Services Tax Savings Plan and submitted it to the state Division of Budget, approved by all 30 local municipalities.
The plan features 37 projects that collectively can provide over $27 million in taxpayer savings in 2018 and 2019 if all projects are approved.
Molinaro will give a public presentation on the plan on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, at 407 9 Albany Post Road in Hyde Park. The approved plan is available on the County’s Countywide Shared Service Initiative web page.
“We appreciate the feedback we received from residents at our three public hearings, as well as the input provided by the Dutchess County Legislature and our local municipal officials to help us finalize the plan," Molinaro said.
The plan features a broad spectrum of projects including shared salt and paving material purchasing, motor vehicle repair, website development and maintenance, shared court facilities and salt sheds, Drug Task Force efforts, municipal solar farms, consolidation of law enforcement, and much more.
The projects range from two municipalities partnering together to county government-led projects with multiple local municipalities and school districts partnering in shared services efforts. The plan even includes a regional project with Dutchess and Ulster counties partnering to expand their Conflict Defender Swap program into Family Court, projected to save nearly $70,000 over the two-year period.
Since 2013, Molinaro and the legislature have allocated nearly $7 million through the Municipal Innovation Grant Program, funding more than 50 projects.
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