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New York State Shared Municipal Services Incentive (SMSI) Grant Program Technical Assistance Manual

December 23, 2011

The Government Law Center of Albany Law School produced a manual for local government officials as part of the New York State Department of State’s Local Government Efficiency Program to help local governments provide joint services through municipal agreements or consolidation.  The manual includes case studies of New York municipalities that have identified, analyzed, discussed and presented opportunities for sharing municipal services. 

The manual provides a number of legal, fiscal, process, and collective bargaining issues that local governments must consider when seeking a shared services model.  These considerations have been identified through the conducted case studies and include the legal considerations of inter-municipal agreements.  The manual also recommends several steps to improve the fiscal analysis used by local governments during a shared services scheme because a large part of sharing services between local governments is reducing municipal costs. The manual also provides an annotated bibliography consisting of a broad range of resources that concern municipal consolidation, dissolution, mergers, and shared services.

The manual can be accessed here

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