Governor Cuomo Announces Onondaga County Will Receive $6.4 Million in State Matching Funds Through the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative

Onondaga County Achieved $6.4 Million in Taxpayer Savings in 2018

State Approves Dollar-for-Dollar Match of Taxpayer Savings Generated Through the Implementation of New, Locally-Identified Shared Services Projects

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Onondaga County will receive over $6.4 million in state matching funds through the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative. Onondaga County achieved $6,429,706 in taxpayer savings in 2018 through the implementation of new, locally-identified shared services projects, and the state will match this amount dollar-for-dollar.

“In New York, saving taxpayer dollars is a key priority and these matching funds will build on the significant progress we’ve already made to put money back in the pockets of middle-class families,” Governor Cuomo said. “I applaud the efforts of the Onondaga County government for finding innovative ways to share services, cut costs and generate real savings for New York taxpayers.”

Onondaga County partnered with the City of Syracuse and the Syracuse City School District to save $5,659,201 through the creation of a Medicare Advantage plan. Another project that provided significant savings is the expanded participation of the Onondaga County Employees Benefits Association to include the Town of Camillus, saving taxpayers $437,699. Onondaga County also partnered with 48 towns, villages and school districts to purchase new Delinquent Tax Collection Software, saving taxpayers $274,119.

“We are committed to working together with local governments to find efficiencies to save taxpayers money. Onondaga County should be commended for their efforts to partner across the county to share services that offer efficient government programs while saving money to its residents”, said Secretary of State Rossana Rosado

J. Ryan McMahon II County Executive

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said“Congratulations to the Onondaga County Legislature for doing what’s right for the taxpayers of this county. High property taxes continue to be one of the top concerns amongst Onondaga County residents. It’s not always easy to find ways to cut costs and share services but our local leaders did just that. I’d like to thank Governor Cuomo and the Department of State for partnering with local officials across this state to incentivize creative governing which will help dozens of municipalities and thousands of their residents.”

Senator Robert E. Antonacci’s statement said, “Onondaga County has worked collaboratively with local municipalities to ensure taxpayer savings. By working together with different municipalities on shared services plans, the County taxpayers saved approximately $6.4 million in 2018. Because of those efforts, Onondaga County will be rewarded with state matching funds which will continue to provide savings to local taxpayers. This will help spur economic growth within the County and surrounding area.”

“When local governments are able to get on the same page and share services, it can increase efficiency and save taxpayers money. The initiative on the part of the state to reward municipalities that work together is a great example of looking at government services as a whole system and finding smart and creative ways to make the system work better. Congratulations to all of those who made the system better here in Onondaga County, and thank you to Governor Cuomo for leading these efforts and delivering these matching funds.” Said, Senator Rachel May

Assemblymember Pamela J. Hunter

Assembly Member Pamela J. Hunter added “I applaud Onondaga County, the Syracuse City School District and the many local municipalities who participated in cost sharing and cost saving programs. By leveraging and combining our resources, we have saved money for the taxpayers while simultaneously securing more funding from the state for local benefit. With these savings and matching funds, we will be able to better serve our constituents at no additional cost to the taxpayer.”

According to Assembly Member William B. Magnarelli, “Receiving more than $6 million in state matching funds is a successful incentive for the continued success of the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative. Our local municipalities are conscious about providing quality services to their residents at a reasonable cost. The shared services state-matching initiatives have been successful in bringing local municipalities and agencies together to consider continued opportunities for savings.”

Onondaga County is one of 31 counties expected to receive state-matched funds. The counties became eligible in 2019 to apply for a State match of net savings from the implementation of new shared services projects that were locally identified during the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative, or CWSSI. The $6,429,706 state match for Onondaga County applies to the first year of actual savings from the implementation of such projects.

Guidance documents regarding the CWSSI and state match application process are available here. Past CWSSI plans are available here.

The CWSSI is administered by the Division of Local Government Services at New York State Department of State. The Division provides technical assistance and competitive grants to local governments. For more information on CWSSI or any programs administered by the Division, please contact localgov@dos.ny.gov or call 518-473-3355.