State comptroller cites savings in shared services program for highway department in Town of Batavia
A recently released report from the New York State Comptroller's Office praises the Town of Batavia in Genesee for its use of a shared services agreement to save taxpayer money when it comes to the town highway department.
The report states that the town saved $93,300 in 2011 by agreeing to cooperatively share manpower and equipment for projects as part of an arrangement with 12 other communities. There has been staff attrition and reduced costs for equipment and vehicle purchases as the town only buys what it needs and shares equipment with the other town fleets.
Supervisor Gregory Post says that saved money allowed the town to do more work with drainage ditches and other maintenance projects.
Post says the town is also sharing services with other communities in the areas of assessors, code enforcement, and building inspection. He says that going forward such arrangements could save millions for the town and its taxpayers.
The comptroller's office is calling on the town to periodically report its savings in such a program so that officials can make sure it is beneficial in the future.