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October 13, 2017

 

 

 

Astorino outlines shared services plan


Astorino: "working together"

VALHALLA – The Westchester County shared service plan advanced to Albany for final approval would save county taxpayers almost $6 million over the next few years. County Executive Robert Astorino outlined the plan on Thursday while at the Fire Training Center in Valhalla.

Municipal leaders have unanimously approved the plan, which would address mostly information technology initiatives to save money by eliminating redundancies and increase efficiencies in government.

Initiatives have the county assisting some localities with IT management, document scanning and storage, and technology and software purchasing, among others, that can reduce costs on a local level.

“We know that sharing services is not a silver bullet,” said Astorino. “The way to reduce taxes is by growing the economy, controlling costs and eliminating state mandates. But, by working together, we are able to find additional savings and provide services more cost-effectively.”

The county executive did note that in recent years he has put in place shared services initiatives totaling $55 million a year. He said he has also lowered the tax levy by two percent since 2010, which has kept an estimated $400 million in taxpayers’ pockets.

 


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