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Dutchess County Officials Discuss Shared Services

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro announced applications for Dutchess County’s 2016 Municipal Consolidation & Shared Services Grant Program are now being accepted.
Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro announced applications for Dutchess County’s 2016 Municipal Consolidation & Shared Services Grant Program are now being accepted. Photo Credit: Dutchess County

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Applications for Dutchess County’s 2016 Municipal Consolidation & Shared Services Grant Program (MCSSGP) are now being accepted from local municipalities.

Last week, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro announced a one-time supplement to the program which will provide additional funding for projects that reduce and/or minimize the property tax levy imposed on residents.

Staff from the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development attended the monthly meeting of the Dutchess County Supervisors and Mayors Association to participate in a roundtable discussion to brainstorm shared services and consolidation opportunities.

Some of the areas of concern expressed by local officials included the rising cost of health insurance, the need to address emergency services, failing water and sewer infrastructure, dilapidated highway garages, and struggles with road maintenance. The discussion also included opportunities for future shared services and efficiencies.

“Our Municipal Consolidation and Shared Services Grant Program has started important conversations among local communities about working together to provide better services and save taxpayer dollars, said Molinaro. "This year, we can further incentivize municipalities to save tax dollars with a special supplement to the MCSSGP to fund projects that would have been out of reach for them and still remain under the tax cap. We hope many municipalities take advantage of this opportunity and deliver tax savings to their residents.”

The Municipal Consolidation & Shared Services Grant Program incentivizes municipal projects that provide greater efficiencies or reduce the total cost of local government through the consolidation of services, creation of shared services, elimination of an entire government entity, establishment of the regional delivery of services, and/or increased efficiencies. Applications must be submitted by noon on June 17.

The one-time supplement to the program, known as the Property Tax Relief Grant, will award funding to critical capital projects that can result in meaningful savings to aid local municipal efforts to reduce and/or minimize the property tax levy imposed on residents. Applications must be submitted by July 1.

More information about the MCSSGP and the special supplement, including the application, click here.

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